National Geographic : 1950 Jan
© National Geographic Society 109 Ansco color by Lewis Lew(is South Atlantic's Seas and Winds Endlessly Buffet Tristan da Cunha, the Lonely Isle In former years few strangers visited Tristan, a forbidding, extinct volcano thrust up out of the sea midway between Capetown and Rio de Janeiro. In 1948 South Africans arrived to process and ship Tristan's spiny lobsters. Portugal's Tristao da Cunha discovered the group in 1506. Britain annexed it in 1816, and a few British soldiers founded a colony now numbering about 230. These islanders beach their boat beneath a 2,000-foot precipice. In such small craft they venture to neighbor ing Nightingale and Inaccessible Islands for birds' eggs.