THE TWO MOST DENSELY POPULATED ISLANDS ON EARTH ARE IN THE CARIBBEAN

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This article centers on the Colombian island of Santa Cruz and Haiti’s Îlet à Brouée. [Also see previous post The Most Crowded Island on Earth: Colombia’s Santa Cruz del Islote.]

A post by Peter Jordens:

In this short video for their Planet Earth series about “the untold, the overlooked and the flat-out amazing”, Great Big Story reports about the Colombian island of Santa Cruz.

Two hours off the coast of Colombia is a small (3 acres) island home to over 1,200 people. As the entirety of Santa Cruz del Islote only spans the length of two soccer fields, residents live in close quarters, making the island four times as dense as the borough of Manhattan. Despite the circumstances, the community makes the most of their limited surface area, packing in a school, two shops and one restaurant. Only 150 years ago, the island was uninhabited; today, generations of families are proud to call Santa Cruz del Islote home.

However, according to Wikipedia and this article by Alex MacGregor and Dana Snitzky for Longreads, Santa Cruz is actually the second most densely populated island on Earth, behind Ilet a Brouee, Haiti.

Ilet a Brouee, located in Baie des Cayes between the south coast of the Haitian mainland and Île à Vache, has about 500 people living in just over 90 homes on less than an acre of sand. Most people on the island don’t live there full time. They are fishermen who go to Ilet a Brouee to work for most of the year, away from their families on the mainland. The island is threatened by hurricanes and by sea-level rise.

On Santa Cruz, also see:

The world’s most densely populated isle , Natalia Guerrero, BBC.

The magical realism of Santa Cruz del Islote [photo essay], Charlie Cordero, The Guardian.

The most crowded island on Earth [photo essay], Heather Brady & Charlie Cordero, National Geographic.

The most crowded island on Earth isn’t Manhattan, Ken Jennings, Condé Nast Traveler.

On Islet a Brouee, also see:

One of the World’s Most Crowded Islands , Niki Budnick, The Weather Channel.

[PHOTOGRAPH BY CHARLIE CORDERO above: A girl runs past colorful houses on the most densely populated island known as Santa Cruz Del Islote.]

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