Maybe you fantasize about having one of your own, like Johnny Depp's Little Halls Pond Cay in the Bahamas, or Mel Gibson's Mago Island in Fiji. Some are their own nations, some are privately owned or uninhabited, and the rest fall everywhere in between. See how much do you know about the world's islands -- including those not in the Caribbean.
Which country is the island of Maui part of?
The U.S. state of Hawaii is an archipelago, with eight main islands: Hawaiʻi ("The Big Island") Kahoʻolawe, Lānaʻi, Molokaʻi, Oʻahu, Kauaʻi, Niʻihau -- and Maui. Maui is the second-largest of the Hawaiian Islands, (by size, not population).
Sicily, the largest island in the Mediterranean Sea, is part of which European country?
Sicily is the largest of the islands in the Mediterranean Sea, and, along with some surrounding small islands, is called, officially, Regione Siciliana. Sicily has been under different rule through its long history, from Byzantine to Arab, the list goes on -- and, it's also been its own nation. Today, it's part of Italy, and since 1946 has had a degree of self-governance apart from the Italian Republic.
Greenland, which is part of North America, is part of what country?
Although its physical geography places it in North America, Greenland is actually part of Denmark. It's what's known as an autonomous constituent country, which means the people self-govern in many aspects.
The island of Crete is part of which Mediterranean country?
It's the biggest, in population and landmass, island of the Greek islands. Although they share economy with Greece, Cretans have managed to retain their own local cultural traditions.
Which country, part of the "Pacific Ring of Fire," includes the island of Okinawa?
Karate began there. The people who live there, Okinawans, are known for their longevity -- and scientists study them to figure out their secret. Okinawa Island (Okinawa Hontō), today part of Japan, was its own nation until 1879. Among Americans, it may be best known for the multiple U.S. military installations located there.
The Île de la Cité, home to the famous Notre-Dame cathedral, is located in which country?
The Île de la Cité and the Île Saint-Louis are the two remaining natural islands, on the Seine, in the city of Paris, France. The medieval Catholic cathedral, Notre-Dame de Paris, is located on the Île de la Cité. People live on the island, too -- and as of 2013, just shy of 1,000 people called it home.
Mackinack Island is a popular tourist area in what country?
During the War of 1812 the British captured Mackinac Island and surrounding area from the United States. The Treaty of Ghent of 1815 forced the British to return the island, and Mackinac Island has been part of the U.S. since. After the end of the Civil War in the mid-19th century, the island became a popular spot for vacationers -- and still is today.
Penang has been under British rule, and occupied by Japan. Today, the island is part of what country?
Today, the island of Penang is part of Malaysia, but it wasn't always that way -- it's been a British crown colony, and occupied by Japan. Today, there are three main populations on the island, Malays, Chinese and Indians, as well as a sizable ex-pat community.
The island of Cuba is considered part of Latin America, but what country is it part of?
The island of Cuba -- the largest island in the Caribbean, along with the Isla de la Juventud and several clusters of small islands, make up the Republic of Cuba. It was once populated by indigenous tribes, before Christopher Columbus claimed it for Spain in 1492 -- and it's also been occupied by other nations, including France, Britain and the United States. The Republic of Cuba began on May 20, 1902, with the election of the new country's first president, Tomás Estrada Palma.
Well-known among fans of the book, "Anne of Green Gables," where is the real Prince Edward Island?
For many readers around the world, Prince Edward Island may be most famous for its appearance in the "Anne of Green Gables" novel, first published in 1908. While the book is a work of fiction, PEI is a real place -- in Canada.
Cozumel is an island off the Yucatán Peninsula, opposite the Playa del Carmen. If you were to vacation there, what country would you travel to?
Cozumel, on the eastern side of the Yucatán Peninsula, is the largest permanently inhabited island in Mexico. In its history, it's believed the Maya first settled the island sometime during the first millennium (AD). The first Spanish explorers visited the island in the 16th century, bringing diseases (including a deadly outbreak of smallpox) and destruction. In the mid-19th century, the island became part of Mexico.
The island of Ibiza, known for its nightlife, is located in the Mediterranean Sea. What country is it part of?
Whether you call it by its Spanish name, Ibiza, or by Eivissa in Catalan, this island is one of the Balearic Islands in the Mediterranean Sea, between Spain and the island of Majorca. Under various rule through its history, Ibiza, today, is part of Spain, a province known as the Balearic Autonomous Community, along with the other major islands of Majorca, Menorca and Formentera.
The island of Bali, its southern coastline a popular surfing destination, is part of which country?
The island of Bali, which relies on tourism, is a part of Indonesia. It's part of what's called the Coral Triangle, which contains more than 500 reef-building coral species.
In 1977, Martha's Vineyard considered secession from which country?
Martha's Vineyard, an island in the United States, was originally inhabited by the Wampanoag. It was settled by the British in the mid-1600s, and no one -- Colonist or American -- really thought much about it until the rise of the whaling industry in the 1800s. It was considered part of New York until the end of the 17th century, before becoming part of the state of Massachusetts. In 1977, worried about losing their seat in the state's General Court, the island considered secession -- either to another state, its own state or a separate U.S. territory -- it, however, did not.
Easter Island, famous for its Moai statues, is an island in Polynesia. But what country is it part of?
Easter Island, also known as Rapa Nui, is an island in Polynesia, and a Chilean territory. It's famous for its archaeological sites, which include about 900 statues called Moai, human figures with oversized heads, carved from solidified volcanic ash from the Rano Rarku volcano in the 13th-16th centuries.
What country is the Knockemdown Key (and Little Knockemdown Key) part of?
Knockemdown Key is a U.S. island in the lower Florida Keys, about 20 miles from Key West. Like all the Keys, Knockemdown is part of a coral cay archipelago.
The largest town on Mykonos is on the west coast of the island -- and also called Mykonos. What country is this island part of?
Mykonos, nicknamed The Island of the Winds, is part of the Cyclades, an island group in the Aegean Sea. It's an island part of Greece.
The island of Montecristo, in the Tyrrhenian Sea, is a state nature reserve in what country?
You'll find Montecristo in the Tyrrhenian Sea, where it's part of the Tuscan Archipelago. You need a permit to visit, which you can get from the Italian government.
Curaçao lies in the southern Caribbean Sea, and is part of what kingdom?
Curaçao, in the southern Caribbean Sea, is about 40 miles north of the Venezuelan coast. It's an island country within the Kingdom of the Netherlands.
Martinique, an island in the Caribbean Sea, is an overseas region of what country?
Before it was destroyed by an eruption of Mount Pelée, the island city of Saint-Pierre was often referred to as the "Paris of the Lesser Antilles." Martinique, located in the Lesser Antilles in the Caribbean Sea, is what's known as an overseas region of France -- which means its governing powers are the same as mainland France.
The first non-natives to settle on Kodiak Island were Russian fur traders. What country is the island part of today?
Kodiak Island is the largest island in the Kodiak Archipelago of Alaska, and the second-largest island in the United States. It's also home to the largest U.S. Coast Guard base.
If you cross the Sarasin Bridge from the island of Phuket, where will you be?
Phuket is just 30 miles long, from north to south, and 13 miles wide, from east to west, yet it's still the largest island in the country of Thailand. It's connected by the Sarasin Bridge to Phang Nga province on the mainland of Thailand.
Bikini Island, part of the Bikini Atoll, was declared a World Heritage Site in 2010 after years of nuclear tests were conducted there. Where is the Bikini Atoll?
Bikini Island is part of the 23 islands that make up Bikini Atoll, in the Marshall Islands. Between 1946 and 1958, the United States detonated 23 nuclear devices in the air, on land and in the waters of Bikini Atoll, during which the islands of Bokonijien, Aerokojlol and Nam were vaporized. Of the islands, just Bikini, and another named Eneu, have a permanent, yet small, population.
Great Britain, along with Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland are part of what kingdom?
Great Britain, in the Atlantic Ocean, is the largest island of the British Isles. Most of England, Scotland and Wales are located on the island, and together with Northern Ireland (which is separated from Great Britain by the North Channel and Irish Sea) make up the main population of the United Kingdom.
Puerto Rico is the main island of the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico. But what country is the Commonwealth part of?
Officially, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, the island of Puerto Rico and a number of smaller ones, such as Mona, Culebra and Vieques, make up an unincorporated territory of the United States, along with Guam, Northern Mariana islands, U.S. Virgin Islands and American Samoa.
Bora Bora is a small island in the South Pacfic, and part of which European country?
Bora Bora is one of the Leeward Islands, a part of the Society Islands archipelago that includes Tahiti, Moorea and others in the South Pacific. It's part of a collection of islands that make up French Polynesia, an overseas collectivity that's part of France.
The British Empire once used Tasmania as a remote place to exile prisoners. What country the island part of today?
The island of Tasmania, separated from the mainland by the Bass Strait, is an island state of Australia. It wasn't always, though -- in 1803, under the British Empire it was used as a penal settlement for about 75,000 convicts.
The island of Santorini, in the Aegean Sea, is known for its scenery -- and wine. To go, what country would you visit?
Easily recognizable by the colorful houses that stud its coastal cliffs, Santorini -- officially known as Thera -- is one of the Cyclades islands in the southern Aegean Sea. Earthquakes and volcano eruptions are common in its history, but is still the most popular island in Greece.
In 1626, both Manhattan Island and Staten Island were purchased on behalf of the Dutch East India Company. But what country are they a part of today?
Although not the first outsiders to visit, Henry Hudson, commissioned by the Dutch East India Company, led an expedition that dropped anchor in what we now call New York Harbor. Manhattan Island, as we know it, was bought from the Native Americans living there in 1626 and called New Amsterdam -- but would be renamed to New York in 1664.
Founded as a British trading colony in 1819, what country is the island of Singapore a part of today?
Singapore, known officially as the Republic of Singapore, is a sovereign city-state -- like Monaco and Vatican City. The republic is made up of one main island, Singapore, and 62 islets. It was originally founded in 1819 by the British as a trading colony, and had traded hands a few times before that. In 1963, it joined the Malaysian Federation -- but was out two years later. That's when Singapore became one of the world's busiest trade ports, and became an independent sovereign state called Republic of Singapore.
The island of Capri has been a resort since the Roman Republic. What country is it a part of today?
The island of Capri is just off the coast of the Sorrentine Peninsula, on the south side of the Gulf of Naples, in the Tyrrhenian Sea. Its Grotta Azzurra (Blue Grotto), a cave discovered in the 19th century, is the most popular among tourists.
Vancouver Island, in the northern Pacific Ocean, has the mildest climate in what country?
Off the coast of Canada in the Pacific Ocean is Vancouver Island, which is part of the Canadian province of British Columbia. "The Island," as locals call it, has the mildest climate in Canada.
Known for its spices, Zanzibar, along with Mafia Island, are nicknamed the "Spice Islands." What country are these islands part of?
There are two large islands among those in the Zanzibar archipelago in the Indian Ocean, Pemba Island and Unguja Island, which is also known as Zanzibar. It's between 16 and 31 miles off the coast of the Tanzania mainland, in East Africa.
Treasure Island is an artificial island built off the coast of what Western country?
Treasure Island was originally built -- yes, this island is artificial -- for the 1939 Golden Gate International Exposition (which is kind of like a World's Fair). Directly thereafter, it was leased to the U.S. Navy, and was the home of US Naval Station Treasure Island until the base was closed in 1997. Since, it's been used as film settings, and is being rehabilitated, in part, as a residential San Francisco neighborhood.
Throughout its history, Sri Lanka has been its own nation, part of the British Empire, and under Dutch rule. What country is it part of today?
Sri Lanka is an island nation located in the Indian Ocean, south of India, that until 1972 was known as Ceylon. Throughout its history, it has been its own nation, as well as under the rule of others. Modern-day Sri Lanka, since the constitution that took effect in 1978, is officially the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka -- its own ruling body.
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