Taravai

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Taravai is located in Pacific Ocean
Taravai
Taravai
Location of Taravai in the Pacific Ocean

Taravai is the second largest island in the Gambier Islands of French Polynesia, at 5.7 km². Taravai is located at 23°08′12″S 135°01′33″W / 23.13667°S 135.02583°W / -23.13667; -135.02583, about 1.5 km southwest of Mangareva, and about 300 m north of the island of Angakauitai. Off its eastern shore lies the tiny rock Îlot Motu-o-ari.

The village named Agonoko is located near the main bay on the island's eastern shore. With a remaining population of three (census of 2002), it is almost abandoned. Former villages were Aga-nui (northwest) and Agakau-i-uta (southeast).[1]

The Onemea archaeological site suggests sporadic occupation of the island around AD 950 with a possible continuous settlement since the 13th century.[2]

Before the conversion to Christianity, the king of Taravai was a vassal to the king of Rikitea in Mangareva.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Goodbye Gambiers
  2. ^ The Onemea site (Taravai Island, Mangareva) and the human colonization of Southeastern Polynesia. Archaeology in Oceania
  3. ^ R. W. Williamson, The Social and Political Systems of Central Polynesia, Cambridge University Press, 1924

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