Once a year, all eyes are on Christmas Island. Just north of Western Australia and south of Indonesia, it holds a sacred place in the cultural zeitgeist as the first location (along with Samoa) to witness our new year. But how much do we really know about this 52 square foot island with a population of 2,000?
Christmas Island lies on the flattest, highest point of an underwater mountain, which is actually a volcano. This mountain rises just over 900 feet above sea level.
Shocker of shockers, it was named by a European explorer. Captain William Nymors spied it on Christmas Day in 1643 while aboard the English East India vessel the Royal Mary, It wasn’t until 1688 that an English navigator William Dampier got blown off course and set foot