The history of St Helena is fascinating, and touches many aspects of world history. Discovered by the Portuguese in 1502, St Helena was first a Dutch colony governed by the Dutch East India Company, before falling under rule of the British Crown. Until the opening of the Suez Canal and the advent of steamships, St. Helena was a strategically important port of call in the expansion of the British Empire. The island’s diverse heritage has left behind a significant legacy of fortifications, remnants and historical buildings, including the beautiful town of Jamestown; ‘the quintessential Atlantic port’. More information about the history of St Helena, see www.sthelenatourism.com.