Palliser Islands

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Pallisers is located in Pacific Ocean
Pallisers
Pallisers
Location of the Palliser Islands in the Pacific Ocean
Map of the Tuamotus; the Pallisers are located northwest of the main Tuamotu atoll cluster.

The Palliser Islands or Pallisers are a subgroup with about 5000 people in the Tuamotu group in French Polynesia. They are located in the northwest of the main group of atolls.[1]

Atolls[edit]

The group includes:

Administration[edit]

  • Administratively Apataki and Kaukura atolls belong to the commune of Arutua, with a total population of 1624 inhabitants (2002).
  • Toau, Niau, and Fakarava, belong to the commune of Fakarava. The total population is of 1511 inhabitants.
  • The commune of Rangiroa consists of 3 atolls: Rangiroa itself, Tikehau and Mataiva, and a separate island (Makatea). The total population is of 1871 inhabitants.

History[edit]

The Palliser Islands were named "Palliser's Isles" in honour of Admiral Sir Hugh Palliser, by Captain James Cook, who was the first European to sight them, on 19 April and 20 April, 1774.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Samuel Augustus Mitchell, An accompaniment to Mitchell's map of the world on Mercator's projection
  2. ^ A New Voyage Round the World in the Years 1823 - 24, For the Palliser Islands discovered by Captain Cook

External links[edit]

Media related to Palliser Islands at Wikimedia Commons

Coordinates: 15°07′30″S 147°38′46″W / 15.125°S 147.646°W / -15.125; -147.646