Modern Crusoe: a man bought, and ennobled uninhabited island in the Seychelles

Современный Робинзон: мужчина купил и облагородил необитаемый остров на Сейшелах

Современный Робинзон: мужчина купил и облагородил необитаемый остров на Сейшелах

Современный Робинзон: мужчина купил и облагородил необитаемый остров на Сейшелах

Modern Crusoe: a man bought, and ennobled uninhabited island in the Seychelles

The Englishman had bought the uninhabited island in the Seychelles and moved there permanently.

On may 22, 2019 at 12:40

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Part of the Seychelles archipelago consists of 115 Islands, of which only 33 are inhabited. Now it is a popular tourist destination with luxury hotels; some Islands owned by billionaires, but in the middle of the last century, little land could be bought for a nominal sum. Did 36-year-old Englishman Brendon Grimshaw (Brendon Grimshaw) in 1962.

In the late 50’s he returned home from Africa, where for many years he worked as a journalist, and decided to look for a house for permanent residence. Once on vacation in the Seychelles, he visited the uninhabited island Moyen (Moyenne) and immediately realized that I would stay here forever. He found the owner, had dinner with him and agreed to the deal. Plot of land in the Indian ocean area 0,089 km2, lying 4.5 km to the North of Mahé, cost him 8 thousand pounds (about 13 thousand dollars at the time).

Brandon found an assistant from among the people of Seychelles, Lafortune Rene (Rene Lafortune), and together they set about landscaping. First time drinking water had to be brought from Mahé, and rainwater was used for irrigation: Grimshaw and Laporte planted palm trees, mango and other fruit trees. In 39 years of working together on the island there were 16 thousand new trees.

Brandon also attracted to the island a lot of birds – they weren’t there earlier, but he painstakingly transported them from the neighboring Islands. They were gone, he came back behind them again and lure until they were convinced of the comfort of the new place. The Englishman also gave chance of survival to hundreds of sea turtles: on the other Islands they are almost extinct, but here they provided a safe environment.

With time appeared on the island and electricity was supplied telephone cable. Also Brandon was able to get the island’s national Park status (Moyenne Island National Park): 1 square meter home to the largest number of animal species. Moyen was opened to tourists, but only within the framework of short trips without overnight stay. The cost of admission was 12 euros; this amount also included relaxing on the beach and lunch).

In 2007, Renee died, but Brandon does not suffer from loneliness. According to him, in all his life he felt alone once when he had to spend the night in a London flophouse.

Landscaped plot of land in the Seychelles has attracted the attention of rich people: the Prince of Saudi Arabia proposed for the island of $ 50 million; there were other comers, but “Robinson” refused. He was sure that the new owner immediately will build a hotel here and kill natural diversity.

According to rumors, another reason for the reluctance to part with the island was the treasure that is believed to be buried here, the famous pirate Olivier Levasseur. Brandon admitted that some time – especially at first – he tried to look for the treasure, turning over stones, but if he succeeded – it is not known.

In 2012, he died at the age of 86 years. The island remains national Park, and pay for his visiting charges living here, the caretaker. Learn about the Japanese who have chosen a similar path in life.

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