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Atlas of Clipperton Island

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Clipperton Island
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Île Clipperton

Français Île Clipperton

L'île Clipperton – baptisée « île de la Passion » par les Français – est un atoll français situé dans l'océan Pacifique, à 1 280 kilomètres à l'ouest du Mexique (coordonnées de l'atoll : 10° 18’ N, 109° 13’ W). Bien qu'ayant été sous la juridiction des Établissements français d'Océanie de 1936 puis de la Polynésie française jusqu'au 18 mars 1986, l'île relève aujourd'hui du domaine public maritime et est inscrite au tableau des propriétés domaniales de l'État. Elle est, à ce titre, sous l'autorité du Ministre de l'Outre-Mer, autorité qu'il délègue au Haut-Commissaire de la République de Polynésie française, représentant de l'État, à qui il appartient d'accorder des autorisations aux particuliers désirant aborder l'atoll ou y obtenir des concessions d'exploitation. De fait, cette possession française ne fait pas formellement partie des TOM.

English Clipperton Island - Clipperton Island

Clipperton Island is a nine-square-kilometer coral atoll in the North Pacific Ocean, south-west of ► Mexico and west of ► Costa Rica, at 10°18′N 109°13′W. It has no permanent inhabitants. It is an overseas possession of France administered from ► French Polynesia by its gubernatorial high commissioner of the Republic.


Short name Clipperton Island
Official name Clipperton Island
Status ► French overseas island, French since 1935
Location Pacific Ocean
Capital none
Population 0 inhabitants
Area 1.6 km²
Major language(s) French
Major religion(s) -
More information Clipperton Island, Geography of Clipperton Island, History of Clipperton Island and Politics of Clipperton Island
More images Clipperton Island - Clipperton Island (Category).

General maps

Clipperton Island-CIA WFB Map.png Map of Clipperton Island.
Carteactuelle.jpg Map of Clipperton Island (in French).

History maps

This section holds a short summary of the history of the area of present-day Clipperton Island, illustrated with maps, including historical maps of former countries and empires that included present-day Clipperton Island.

Clipperton.jpg Clipperton Island was discovered by the pirate John Clipperton in the 18th century. It became French in 1855 and was seized by Mexico in 1897. After arbitration it was awarded to France, which took possesion of the island in 1935.

Satellite maps

Clipperton Island.png Satellite map by Landsat 7.
Clipperton SPOT 1274.jpg Satellite map by Spot in 2006.

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