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Here are some interesting facts about Navassa Island - Category: Introduction - Background: This uninhabited island was claimed by the US in 1857 for its guano. Mining took place between 1865 and 1898. The lighthouse, built in 1917, was shut down in 1996 and administration of Navassa Island transferred from the Coast Guard to the Department of the Interior. A 1998 scientific expedition to the island described it as a unique preserve of Caribbean biodiversity; the following year it became a National Wildlife Refuge and annual scientific expeditions have continued.

Category: Government - Diplomatic representation from the US: none (territory of the US)

Category: People - Population: uninhabited; note: transient Haitian fishermen and others camp on the island

Category: Economy - Economy - overview: Subsistence fishing and commercial trawling occur within refuge waters.

Category: Geography - Environment - current issues: NA

Category: Transportation - Ports and terminals: none; offshore anchorage only

Category: Military - Military - note: defense is the responsibility of the US

Category: Transnational Issues - Disputes - international: claimed by Haiti, source of subsistence fishing

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  1. People - Population: uninhabited; note: transient Haitian fishermen and others camp on the island

  2. Geography - Map references: Central America and the Caribbean

  3. Geography - Geographic coordinates: 18 25 N, 75 02 W

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Source: CIA - The World Factbook https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/fields/2028.html