13 Facts About Channel Islands


Channel Islands are an archipelago in the English Channel, off the French coast of Normandy.

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Term "Channel Islands" began to be used around 1830, possibly first by the Royal Navy as a collective name for the islands.

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Chausey Islands south of Jersey are not generally included in the geographical definition of the Channel Islands but are occasionally described in English as 'French Channel Islands' in view of their French jurisdiction.

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The Roman name for the Channel Islands was I Lenuri and is included in the Peutinger Table The traditional Latin names used for the islands derive from the Antonine Itinerary.

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Since then, the Channel Islands have been governed as two separate bailiwicks and were never absorbed into the Kingdom of England nor its successor kingdoms of Great Britain and the United Kingdom.

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Channel Islands were invaded by the French in 1338, who held some territory until 1345.

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Channel Islands acquired commercial and political interests in the North American colonies.

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Channel Islands were the only part of the British Isles to be occupied by the German Army during World War II.

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Channel Islands fall into two separate self-governing bailiwicks, the Bailiwick of Guernsey and the Bailiwick of Jersey.

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Channel Islands have never been part of the European Union, and thus were not a party to the 2016 referendum on the EU membership, but were part of the Customs Territory of the European Community by virtue of Protocol Three to the Treaty on European Union.

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Under the UK Interpretation Act 1978, the Channel Islands are deemed to be part of the British Islands, not to be confused with the British Isles.

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Channel Islands are served by a number of local radio services - BBC Radio Jersey and Radio Guernsey, Channel 103 and Island FM - as well as regional television news opt-outs from BBC Channel Islands and ITV Channel Television.

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In 2001 and 2002, the Channel Islands entered a team into the MCCA Knockout Trophy, the one-day tournament of the minor counties of English and Welsh cricket.

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