Navassa or Lanavase Island Lighthouse

Navassa or Lanavase Island Lighthouse

Lying in the Caribbean Sea, two-square mile Navassa Island rests 30 miles off Cape Tiburon, Haiti.

Its rocky landscape permits no human life there, its only use for guano mining, which ceased post the 1898 Spanish-American War.

Navassa became active again in 1914, when a light house was installed there. At the close of World War II, the island stood empty once more.

Fish and Wildlife Service received a deed to Navassa to use as a wildlife refuge in 1999.

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