North America :: Clipperton Island
(possession of France)
page last updated on July 2, 2009
Flag of Clipperton Island
Location of Clipperton Island
Map of Clipperton Island
Introduction ::Clipperton Island
This isolated island was named for John CLIPPERTON, a pirate who made it his hideout early in the 18th century. Annexed by France in 1855, it was seized by Mexico in 1897. Arbitration eventually awarded the island to France, which took possession in 1935.
Geography ::Clipperton Island
Middle America, atoll in the North Pacific Ocean, 1,120 km southwest of Mexico
10 17 N, 109 13 W
total: 6 sq km
country comparison to the world: 243
land: 6 sq km
water: 0 sq km
about 12 times the size of The Mall in Washington, DC
0 km
11.1 km
territorial sea: 12 nm
exclusive economic zone: 200 nm
tropical; humid, average temperature 20-32 degrees C, wet season (May to October)
coral atoll
lowest point: Pacific Ocean 0 m
highest point: Rocher Clipperton 29 m
arable land: 0%
permanent crops: 0%
other: 100% (all coral) (2005)
0 sq km
reef 12 km in circumference
People ::Clipperton Island
Government ::Clipperton Island
conventional long form: none
conventional short form: Clipperton Island
local long form: none
local short form: Ile Clipperton
former: sometimes called Ile de la Passion
possession of France; administered directly by the Minister of Overseas France
the laws of France, where applicable, apply
the flag of France is used
Economy ::Clipperton Island
Although 115 species of fish have been identified in the territorial waters of Clipperton Island, the only economic activity is tuna fishing.
Transportation ::Clipperton Island
none; offshore anchorage only
Military ::Clipperton Island
defense is the responsibility of France
Transnational Issues ::Clipperton Island