There are islands in the world that do not belong to anyone. Technically, in fact, they are “unclaimed” islands; In the sense that no public or private organization considers them as their own.
They are few, of course, yet they exist and are the dream of anyone who wants to have their own little independent state, their own place, perhaps with self-proclaimed sovereigns or kings. It may surprise us in history, but it has happened many times. Even in Italy.
The most recent and famous example is the Island of the Roses, a micro-nation that was finally cleared by Italian military forces and that was born in a year of particular artistic and political ferment: 1968. The island, however, was artificial: just a platform on the ocean.
But what are these islands that we can claim as our own? Recently some websites have listed them all, and some that count more than a dozen. They are admittedly small, but they really exist and are sometimes worth living.
According to an article published some time ago on the TravelTriangle website, here are nine of the most famous and sought after. They have foreign names, very often: North East Caye, Bir Tawil, Rockall, Aila Craig, The Lagoon Isles, Mary Bird Land, Eel Pie Island, Upper Fort and are found in Belize, Ireland, Scotland, USA and Asia.
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