Rekareka

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Rekareka
Rekareka map.jpg
Map of Rekareka Atoll
Rekareka is located in French Polynesia
Rekareka
Geography
Location Pacific Ocean
Coordinates 16°49′S 141°55′W / 16.817°S 141.917°W / -16.817; -141.917Coordinates: 16°49′S 141°55′W / 16.817°S 141.917°W / -16.817; -141.917
Archipelago Tuamotus
Area 2.5 km2 (0.97 sq mi)  (lagoon)
1.6 km² (above water)
Length 2.2 km (1.37 mi)
Width 1.25 km (0.777 mi)
Country
France
Overseas collectivity French Polynesia
Administrative subdivision Tuamotus
Commune Hao
Demographics
Population Uninhabited[1] (as of 2012)

Rekareka, Tehuata or Tu-henua,[2] is an atoll of the Tuamotu Archipelago in French Polynesia. It is located in the Centre East of the group, 83 km southeast from Raroia .[3] and lies 70 km NW of Tauere, its nearest neighbor. The shoal water of this small atoll extends 0.8 km seaward from its northern, western, and southern sides, and about 1.3 km from its south-eastern side.[4] Rekareka has no fresh water and is uninhabited.[5]

History[edit]

Spanish explorer Pedro Fernández de Quirós sighted Rekareka during his Pacific expedition on February 13 1606.[6][7] The Spaniards named this island "La Sagitaria" and reported that it was inhabited at that time.[8] In some maps this island also appears as "Bonne Esperance" and "Good Hope".[9]

Administration[edit]

Administratively Rekareka belongs to the commune of Amanu which includes the atolls of Rekareka (uninhabited) and Tauere. The Amanu commune is associated with the Hao commune.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Population". Institut de la statistique de la Polynésie française. Retrieved 16 October 2014. 
  2. ^ Alternative names
  3. ^ Rekareka at the Wayback Machine (archived December 23, 2010)
  4. ^ coastalexplorer.net/downloads/guide_books/sailing_directions/enroute_126;download
  5. ^ United Nations Environment Programme, IUCN Commission on National Parks and Protected Areas (1986). Review of the Protected Areas System in Oceania. The World Conservation Union. pp. p207. ISBN 2-88032-509-9. 
  6. ^ Pedro Fernández de Quirós(Spanish)
  7. ^ Kelly, Celsus, O.F.M. La Austrialia del Espiritu Santo. The Journal of Fray Martín de Munilla O.F.M. and other documents relating to the Voyage of Pedro Fernández de Quirós to the South Sea (1605-1606) and the Franciscan Missionary Plan (1617-1627) Cambridge, 1966, p.39,62
  8. ^ History
  9. ^ J.L._Young, Names of the Paumotu Islands