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200 years on, Napoleon steps ashore once again

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Two centuries have passed since Napoleon Bonaparte stepped ashore on St Helena on the evening of 17 October 1815, bringing the island global fame that has endured ever since.

In the early evening of 17 October 2015, that transforming moment was re-enacted by island actor Merrill Joshua, decked in full imperial costume: the culmination of a series of celebrations and commemorations.

The week’s events have chronicled by photojournalists Sharon and Darrin Henry on their What The Saints Did Next website. See their piece here.

More reflections – in French and English – can be found on the Île de Sainte Hélène – Atlantique Sud page on Facebook.

A highlight of the week was the visit by HMS Lancaster and the RFA Gold Rover. A story and pictures appear on the St Helena Government website, here.

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