Tristan da Cunha – level 3
Tristan da Cunha is a British overseas territory, and is an island in the South Atlantic Ocean, which is roughly hallway between Cape Town and Montevideo.
Its 265 residents are currently seeking a farmer who could help them increase their food production and make them less reliant on imports, so if you happen to know something about tending livestock and crop rotation, the job offer could be for you. However, as one agricultural adviser, who did the job a few years ago, said that the agriculture can be summed up to cattle and sheep on 1,500 acres of grassland, and a small area with potatoes.
Tristan da Cunha hit the headlines in the early sixties when a volcano forced its inhabitants to evacuate, first to South Africa 1,500 miles away and then on to England. Upon returning, not all of them seemed happy to continue living on the most remote inhabited island on Earth.
One man who shared his feelings in 1965 said that if people had voted, around three quarters would have stayed in England. However, the man’s cousin maintains that it is the dream place to live and work, as it is very pristine, there is no crime, and anyone who comes there for a short-term contract enjoys it so much that he or she says that he or she would like to come back.
Difficult words: resident (a person who resides – lives somewhere), reliant (dependent on), agricultural (farming), inhabitant (a person who inhabits a place – lives there), maintain (to argue), pristine (clean).
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What makes Tristan da Cunha such a unique environment to live in?
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