Although you do not believe it, there are still corners of the planet to be discovered and precisely one of them we are going to talk about today. One is the Island of Sentinel of the North, a small, insular territory that belongs to the Andaman Islands, reason why they are in the Indian Ocean. Considered as a sovereign entity under the protection of India, it draws attention for the hostile attitude of the population toward any foreign visitor. In fact, some define it as the most dangerous island in the world.
Would you like to discover more details about the North Sentinel Island? Well, you know what you have to do! Do not miss any of what I tell you next! I assure you that many of the things I’m going to tell you will surprise you!
The violent death of an American missionary on a remote island in the Indian Ocean in mid-November has raised new urgent questions regarding the survival of isolated tribes and their right to live without the intervention of the outside world. John Allen Chau, 26, self-proclaimed “adventurer” from Vancouver, Washington, intended to convert an isolated tribe into Christianity by illegally entering North Sentinel Island to do so.
A Tremendously Hostile Race!
As I told you, today I want to talk about the Island of Sentinel, considered the most dangerous and isolated island in the world, since its inhabitants do not maintain any contact with the exterior and, moreover, do not allow the entry of any visitor. This small territory is inhabited by the tribe of Sentinelese’s, a completely inaccessible ethnic group. Already in century XIII, Marco Polo assured that if a foreigner arrived at this earth, they killed it and they ate it to him next. And although many centuries have passed, they are still extremely hostile, throwing spears and stones at anyone, boat or plane that approaches the place. In fact, in 2006 two illegal fishermen who approached its coast ended up dead and buried on the shore.
The Origin of Sentinelese!
According to the organization Survival International, Sentinelese is the descendants of the first men who travelled from Africa about 60,000 years ago. Throughout the millennia the tribe has been dedicated to hunting, fishing, and gathering. Also, it is important to keep in mind that there is no evidence that they use fire. Although a program of contact with the tribe was initiated in the 1960s, it had to be suspended in order to avoid confrontations and the introduction of diseases on the island. In fact, despite being a territory dependent on India, for a long time the authorities have ignored the place and, besides, have created a zone of exclusion of three miles around the island.
Eventually, I wanted to tell you about the earthquake that took place in the area in 2004 and that not only changed the appearance of the island but caused the death of many Sentinelese’s, although there is no data to confirm it. What we can say is that before the natural disaster, the island was about 72 square meters and its shape was square. After the earthquake, the island rose between 1 and 2 meters, and large expanses of coral reefs became permanently dry land and shallow lagoons. Therefore, the limits of the island were extended. And although many believed that all sentinels would have died after the earthquake, days later it was possible to verify thanks to a helicopter flight that some of them would have survived.
However, I cannot give an exact figure of the number of inhabitants on the island at this time, although it is estimated that there are less than 100. Although I would like to be able to finish with a wide gallery of images, the truth is that there are not many photographs of the place, and most of them are made from the sky and are of poor quality.