Islands in History

Can you name these islands based on an anecdote from their history?
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Last updated: May 9, 2022
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Ruled by Fidel Castro for more than 50 years
Struck by a potato blight in the 1840s
Home to the Minoan civilization
This island's Colossus was a 33 meter high statue of the god Helios
Hadrian's Wall divided it in half in the 2nd century AD
Great Britain
Inhabitants built large stone faces known as "moai"
Easter Island
Home to the world's oldest Parliament, the Althing
Before the 1500s, it was possible to walk to this island from India
Sri Lanka
Where Chiang Kai-shek and his army fled to in 1949
Mediterranean island ruled by the Knights Hospitaller from 1530–1798
Dutch settlers bought this island from Native Americans for goods
worth 60 guilders (about $1000 in today's money)
Formerly known as Van Dieman's Land, it joined Australia in 1901
This island's "Cosa Nostra" crime syndicate evolved from private security
forces in the 19th century
The western half of this island was ruled by "Papa Doc" and "Baby Doc" Duvalier
Turkey invaded this island in 1974 and today controls about 40% of its land
In 1819, Stamford Raffles established a British colony on this strategic site near
the Strait of Malacca
Where Rastafarian religion got its start in the 1930s
A weapons ban contributed to the development of karate on this island
"Inescapable" prison island where Al Capone spent some time
Remote island in the middle of the Atlantic where Napoleon died in 1821
Saint Helena
Level 85
May 9, 2022
I enjoyed this! So far, the lowest percentage island is standing at 75%. Maybe throw in a few lesser known islands on a (hopeful) #2 quiz?
Level 78
May 12, 2022
The percentages will definitely decrease as the number of takes increases, especially once it's more than just those of us who trawl the New and Reset Quizzes page
Level 69
May 10, 2022
There was no "potato blight" in relation to question 2, there was never a shortage of food except by way of theft by an invading country. It was a genocide perpetrated by the English.
Level ∞
May 10, 2022

"The proximate cause of the famine was a potato blight"

Level 58
May 22, 2022
Ireland certainly was struck by potato blight which caused the potato harvest to fail for several years in the 1840s. Whatever other causes contributed to widespread starvation and emigration, it's just weird to claim there was no potato blight.
Level 88
May 21, 2022
Could "The Rock" be acceptable for Alcatraz?
Level 77
May 21, 2022
The correct spelling should be 'Van Diemen's Land'.
Level 47
Jul 27, 2022
weird that they used the potato famine for ireland and not something else
Level 54
Jan 27, 2023
could have used some islands that aren't part of the western world