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Polynesia

(Encyclopedia) Polynesia pŏlĭnē´zhə, –shə [key] [Gr.,=many islands], one of the three main divisions of Oceania , in the central and S Pacific Ocean. The larger islands are…

French Polynesia Overview

(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…

French Polynesia

Infoplease has everything you need to know about French Polynesia. Check out our country profile, full of essential information about French Polynesia's geography, history, government, economy,…

Asian Food Primer: Polynesia Food

by David Johnson Asian Foods Guide Common ingredients and popular dishes of various cultures. IntroductionEast Asia ChinaJapanKoreaMongoliaTibetPacific Region FijiHawaiiPapua New…

Ellis, William

(Encyclopedia) Ellis, William, 1794–1872, English missionary, pioneer of printing in the Pacific. Sent in 1816 to Polynesia as a nonconformist missionary, he set up at Tahiti the first…

Papeete

(Encyclopedia) Papeete päpā-ā´tā [key], town (2007 pop. 26,017), capital of Tahiti and of French Polynesia , South Pacific. A port on the NW coast of Tahiti, Papeete ships…

Williams, John

(Encyclopedia) Williams, John, 1796–1839, English missionary, called the Apostle of Polynesia. Under the London Missionary Society he went (1817) to the Society Islands. He discovered…

Bora-Bora

(Encyclopedia) Bora-Bora bō´rä-bō´rä [key], volcanic island, 15 sq mi (39 sq km), South Pacific, in the Leeward group of the Society Islands , French Polynesia . It is a…

Atuona

(Encyclopedia) Atuona ätwō´nə [key] or Atuana ätwä´nə [key], town, in the Marquesas Islands , South Pacific, in French Polynesia . Situated on the southern coast of…