Yemen / Geography /
Island of Yemen, located to the Strait of Mandeb, which forms the entrance to the Red Sea from the Indian Ocean.
The island is about 13 km² large, with 65 metres as its highest point. It has a tiny settled community, although there is no natural source of fresh water. There is very little vegetation here. The natural port on its south coast is now used under
1857: Taken control of by the British, and made part of the colony of Aden.
1869: Becomes a coaling station for ships using the Suez Canal.
1967: Aden gains indepencdence, and Perim is part of the new state of South Yemen.