Roncador Bank

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Roncador Bank
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Roncador Bank
Roncador Bank is located in Colombia
Roncador Bank
Roncador Bank
Roncador Bank is located in Caribbean
Roncador Bank
Roncador Bank
Geography
LocationCaribbean Sea
Coordinates13°34′N 80°04′W / 13.567°N 80.067°W / 13.567; -80.067Coordinates: 13°34′N 80°04′W / 13.567°N 80.067°W / 13.567; -80.067
Administration

Roncador Bank is a mostly-submerged atoll with several sandy cays. It lies in the west Caribbean Sea off the coast of Central America.

Geography[edit]

It is about 15 by 6 kilometers in size, with an area of 65 km² composed mostly of lagoon.[1] In the northern area lies Roncador Cay.

Roncador Bank.
Roncador is located in Atlantic Ocean
Roncador
Roncador
Location of Roncador Bank

History[edit]

Originally claimed by the United States under the Guano Islands Act of 1856, the atoll was ceded by the United States to Colombia on September 17, 1981, as the result of a treaty signed in 1972. There are several dilapidated houses on it built by American troops during the Cuban Missile Crisis.

In 1894, the USS Kearsarge was shipwrecked on Roncador Bank.[2]

Lighthouse[edit]

An old disused lighthouse is at its northern end. A new lighthouse has been operating since 1977.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "San Andrés Archipelago - Roncador Bank". 10 February 2002. Archived from the original on December 23, 2010. Retrieved 17 June 2010.
  2. ^ "A Locality Mariners Detest.; Roncador Reef Famous for Wrecks -- Warner Miller Came to Grief There". The New York Times. 9 February 1894. Retrieved 17 June 2010.

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