Arue, French Polynesia

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Arue
Location of the commune (in red) within the Windward Islands. The atoll of Tetiaroa lies outside of the map.
Location of the commune (in red) within the Windward Islands. The atoll of Tetiaroa lies outside of the map.
Coordinates: 17°30′58″S 149°30′42″W / 17.5161°S 149.5117°W / -17.5161; -149.5117Coordinates: 17°30′58″S 149°30′42″W / 17.5161°S 149.5117°W / -17.5161; -149.5117
Country France
Overseas collectivity French Polynesia
Government
 • Mayor Philip Schyle
2003 – present
Area
 • Land 21.45 km2 (8.28 sq mi)
Population (August 2007 census)
 • Population1 9,458
 • Population1 density 440/km2 (1,100/sq mi)
INSEE/Postal code 98712 / 98701
Elevation 0–1,305 m (0–4,281 ft)
1 Population without double counting: residents of multiple communes (e.g., students and military personnel) only counted once.

Arue is a commune in the suburbs of Papeete in French Polynesia, an overseas territory of France in the Pacific Ocean. Arue is located on the island of Tahiti, in the administrative subdivision of the Windward Islands, themselves part of the Society Islands.

The commune of Arue includes the atoll of Tetiaroa (5.85 km²/2.26 sq. miles; property of Marlon Brando's family), located 58 km (36 mi) north of Tahiti.

History[edit]

The area of Arue was first settled by travelers from Asia during the year of 1000. They had built houses out of grass and mud. The Polynesians had hunted fish with spears. Captain James Cook had arrived at Tahiti to chart the coast.

Geography[edit]

The commune of Arue lies at about 20 feet above mean sea level. The Papenoo River runs close to Arue in the east.

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