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  • (peaceful music)

  • - [Narrator] A two-hour boat ride off the coast of Colombia

  • is an island, the most densely-populated island on earth.

  • (chattering)

  • Santa Cruz del Islote consists of more than 1,200 people

  • living on land the size of two soccer fields,

  • making it four times as dense as Manhattan.

  • On the island is a school that runs up to the 10th grade,

  • two shops, and one restaurant.

  • There is no steady supply of water

  • and a sole generator that only runs for five hours per day.

  • There are no police, but there isn't much need for them,

  • as everyone on the island knows each other.

  • (children chattering)

  • 150 years ago, the island was primarily uninhabited

  • and was sometimes used by local fishermen

  • as a place to rest and take shelter during storms.

  • Gradually, some fishermen came to build their homes here.

  • These were the grandparents and great-grandparents

  • of the current generation of residents.

  • Despite the close living quarters,

  • inhabitants on the island say they wouldn't give up

  • their peaceful existence for anything,

  • not even a little more room.

  • (chattering)

  • (peaceful jingling)

(peaceful music)

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Living on the Most Crowded Island on Earth

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    Samuel posted on 2018/04/06
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