James Cook discovered a Christmas Island
In 1777 – Captain James Cook and his ships’ Rezolyushn “and” Discovery “opened an island which on January 2 Cook called Christmas Island.
Christmas Island – the world’s largest atoll area of 321 square kilometers (land area). On the island there is one of the highest concentrations of marine birds in the world. Atoll has five closed areas.
During the Second World War, the island was occupied by the allied forces were built airstrip. V1956-1958’s 50 km from the island of Great Britain to test nuclear weapons. Many buildings were destroyed. But keep the infrastructure would make the Kiritimati administrative center of the Line Islands.