18 June 1815: the date that changed St Helena for ever

The 18th of June is not seen as a significant date on St Helena, but perhaps it should be: it’s the anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo, which had immense ramifications for the island.

Without it, Napoleon Bonaparte would not have been exiled to Longwood, French consul Michel Dancoisne-Martineau would not have his job, and St Helena would be famous for something else.

Initially, supporters of the British Army, waiting in Brussels, believed the French had won. Read more

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