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Marquesas Islands

(Encyclopedia) Marquesas Islands märkā´säs, volcanic group (2002 pop. 8,712), South Pacific, a part of French Polynesia. There are 12 islands in the group, which lies c.930 mi (1,500 km) NE of Tahiti…

Hiva Oa

(Encyclopedia) Hiva Oa hē´vä ō´ä, volcanic island, 154 sq mi (399 sq km), South Pacific, second largest and the most important of the Marquesas Islands, French Polynesia. Hiva Oa is the seat of…

Atuona

(Encyclopedia) Atuona ätwō´nə or Atuanaätwä´nə, town, in the Marquesas Islands, South Pacific, in French Polynesia. Situated on the southern coast of the island of Hiva Oa, Atuona overlooks the Bay…

Nuku Hiva

(Encyclopedia) Nuku Hiva no͞o´ko͞o´ hē´vä, volcanic island, 127 sq mi (329 sq km), South Pacific, largest of the Marquesas Islands, French Polynesia. The island is fertile, with well-watered valleys…

Queiros, Pedro Fernandes de

(Encyclopedia) Queiros, Pedro Fernandes de pĕ´dro͝o fərnəN´dəsh dĭ kārôsh´, c.1560–1614, Portuguese navigator. In Spanish service, he sailed (1595) as second in command of the expedition of Alvaro de…

Valle Inclán, Ramón del

(Encyclopedia) Valle Inclán, Ramón del rämōn´ dĕl vä´lyā ēnklän´, 1866–1936, Spanish writer, a member of the Generation of '98. Valle Inclán was deeply influenced by foreign literary trends,…

French Polynesia

(Encyclopedia) French Polynesia, officially Overseas Lands of French Polynesia, internally self-governing dependency (2015 est. pop. 278,000) of France, consisting of 118 islands in the South Pacific…

Heyerdahl, Thor

(Encyclopedia) Heyerdahl, Thor hā´ərdäl˝, hī´–, 1914–2002, Norwegian explorer and anthropologist, b. Larvik. He carried out research in the Marquesas Islands in 1937–38 and studied the indigenous…

Porter, David

(Encyclopedia) Porter, David, 1780–1843, American naval officer, b. Boston. Appointed a midshipman in 1798, he served in the West Indies and in the war with Tripoli. In 1803 his ship, the…

Oceanic art

(Encyclopedia) Oceanic art, works produced by the island peoples of the S and NW Pacific, including Melanesia (New Guinea and the islands to its north and east), Micronesia (Mariana, Caroline,…