Posted by Southwest Beverages on 3/18/2015
We all heard the saying
“no man is an island”, but did you know that there actually is an Isle of Man (British
Isle located in the Irish Sea equidistant between England, Ireland, Scotland
and Wales) and for that matter an Isle of Woman (more commonly known as Isla
Mujeres-small 5 mile long by 400 yard island located 8 miles off the Yucatan
Peninsula coast). Many islands of the world derive their name from their
geographic formation-Hawaii, Galapagos, Bermuda
Tucks & Caicos, etc. while, a number of islands around the world have been
named after shapes (Block Island, Oval Island, Round Island, etc.), birds
(Canary Islands, Pelican Island, Dove Island, etc.) sea animals (Seal Island,
Whale Island), holidays (Easter Island, Christmas Island) and animals. In the
first of a series of articles that will explore how each of these groups
of islands were named and their
locations, this article will focus on 8 animal named islands of the world (Deer
Island, Bear Island, Elephant Island, Goat Island, Rat Island, Horse Island,
Rabbit Island and Beaver Island etc.).
1. GOAT ISLAND
of the city of Newport, Goat Island is a small
island located in Narragansett Bay. It was
named after the Newport
colonists used it as a pasture for their goats to graze.
Carolina-Located on the
intracoastal waterway between the Isle of Palm and Mt. Pleasant, this tiny one
street long island got its name when, every Spring, a local named Bubba Love,
would place goats on the island so that tourists would be able to enjoy
something other than looking at the marsh from the islands boardwalk. A second
Goat Island exists in South Carolina,
at Murrells Inlet.
c. Oahu, Hawaii-Located just a few hundred yards off the
northeast coast of Oahu is Goat Island. When
the tides are low you can walk to the Island.
The island bears its name from the goat like share of the island.
d. Niagara Falls, NY-Located at the southwest corner of the City of
Niagara Falls, NY, and in the middle of the Bridal Veil Falls and the Horseshoe
Fall, Goat Island got its name from John
Stedman who as an early settler to the area kept a herd of goats on the island.
Today Goat Island is part of Niagara Fall State Park
and offers some of the most wonderful views Niagara Falls has to offer.
2. BEAR ISLAND
a. Alaska-Nicknamed “Bear
Island”, Chichagof Island is located
off the southeastern coast of Alaska
and is home to the greatest concentration of grizzly bears on earth.
b. Norway-Named by Dutch explorers Jacob van Heemskerk and
Willem Barents who saw a polar bear swimming offshore, Bear
Island is located in the western part
of the Barents Sea and is the most southern
island of the Norwegian Syalbard archipelago.
Carolina-Bear Island is a 4
mile long beach located within the Hammocks Beach State Park.
3. RAT ISLAND
a. Alaska-Part of the Aleutian Islands, Rat Island
is located between the Andreanof Islands to its east and Buldir Island
to its west. Rat Island got its name when in 1827,
English Captain Fyodor Petrovich Litre stopped at the island on his voyage
around the world only to discover the island was overrun with rates.
NY-Located in City Island
Harbor (part of Long Island Sound) this 2.5 acre island is owned by Alex
Schibli and got its name when 19th century prisoners (“rats”) used
it as part of their jail escape from neighboring Hart Island.
c. Koh Kong Province, Cambodia
Islands, Japan-nicknamed “Deer Island”
because the deer ran freely, the Miyajima
Islands are located northwest of Hiroshima Bay in the western part of the Inland
Sea of Japan.
b. Maine-Incorporated in 1789, Deer Isle got its name from
the abundance of deer that occupied the island.
c. Mississippi-About 400 acres in size Deer
Island is situated about a half mile
off the coast of Biloxi, Mississippi
and is one of the many barrier islands in the Mississippi
d. Oregon-Nearly five miles long and 2 miles wide, Deer Island
encompasses over 3000 acres and is the home to about 300 people of an
unincorporated community in Columbia
e. Florida-Located approximately 50 miles east of Gainesville, Florida
inside the Big Bend Aquatic Seagrass Preserve and adjoining the lower Suwannee
National Wildlife Refuge, this barrier island consists of 90 acres and is 14
feet about sea level.
5. ELEPHANT ISLAND
a. Antarctica-named in 1821 by an explorer who while, passing
the island noticed its geographic shape to be that of a head of an elephant,
which also had a large population of elephant seals on its shores. Located in
the South Shetland Islands in the Southern Ocean off the coast of Antarctica this rocky and rugged ice cover mountain island
is approximately 29 miles long and 16 miles wide with its highest elevation
being 2799 feet.
b. Thailand-Known locally as Ko Chang Island-the 3rd
largest island of Thailand with a land mass of approximately 135 square
miles-it is located approximately 200 miles from Bangkok
and near the Cambodia
border. The island gets its name, not from the presence of elephants on the
island, but from the elephant share of islands headland.
There are at least 14 islands around the world named Horse Island, many of
which, according to various folklores were named as a result of various herds
of horses migrating to there respective coast lines following various shipwrecks.
Maryland, Michigan, New York, South Carolina and Texas, where today what used
to be known as “Wild Horse Island” is Mustang Island-an island settled by the
Spanish who used it as a grazing land for their horses.
b. Canada: Newfoundland and Manitoba.
c. Scotland: Shetland and Summer Isles.
d. Ireland: County Clare
and County Cork.
e. Northern Ireland: County Down and County
f. Cambodia: Kampot
a. Okunoshima, Japan: Located in the Sea of Japan in the city of Takehara, Hiroshima
Prefecture this island, called Usagi
Shima by the locals and nicknamed “Rabbit
Island” was used by the
Japanese during WWII was a testing ground for the manufacture of poison gas. Following
the end of WWII the island was mostly abandoned as a precaution to people’s
safety. Folklore has it that “Rabbit Island” was appropriate nicknamed when rabbits
were brought to the island to test for poison gas following the war’s end
while, another folklore tells of a group of school children releasing 8 rabbits
on the island while on a fieldtrip in 1971. In either case the rabbits
multiplied substantially to the point that today visitors are over run by the
b. Oahu, Hawaii: Manana Island, or “Rabbit Island”
as it is referred to by the locals, is an island located the furthest point
east of Makapu’u Beach Park. The island was named as the result of it’s
geographically shape, which resembled that of a rabbits head.
Rabbit Island Locations around the world: Anguilla; Canada-Ontario (Georgian Bay), Vancouver, British Columbia,
Kamloops, British Columbia (South Thompson River), Kivalliq Region, Qikiqtaaluk
Region, and Nova Scotia; Cambodia (Kep Province); Falkland Islands; Lebanon;
New Zealand-Chatham Islands; Northern Ireland (County Fermanagh); Russia-Saint
Petersburg; Scotland; Turkey-Canakkale (small island near Tenedos, Bozcaada),
small island near Gumusluk; United States-Alabama, Louisiana, Michigan (great
story of man who brought his own island), and Rhode Island.
8. BEAVER ISLAND
a. Michigan: The
largest island in the Lake Michigan, this island is part of the Beaver Island
archipelago and is located about 20 miles off the coast of Charlevoix in Lake Michigan.
Written by Bob Jenkins, Founder & Chief Executive Officer of Southwest Beverages®
Bob has had the privilege of working for some of America’s largest and well run public and private companies, including Philip Morris, Canada Dry, Dr Pepper, Cadbury Schweppes, Snapple Beverage Corporation, Tasker Capital Corp. and The Water Club and River Cafe – two of New York’s finest fine dining restaurants. He has worked in various capacities as Finance Manager, Controller, Director of Finance, Vice President Finance & Administration, Chief Financial Officer, Secretary, and Treasurer.
Bob holds a Masters of Business Administration degree in accounting from the University of Tennessee and a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting from the University of Arizona.
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