Maupiti

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NASA aerial picture of Maupiti
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Geography
Location Pacific Ocean
Coordinates 16°26′24.3″S 152°16′27.3″W / 16.440083°S 152.274250°W / -16.440083; -152.274250Coordinates: 16°26′24.3″S 152°16′27.3″W / 16.440083°S 152.274250°W / -16.440083; -152.274250
Archipelago Society Islands
Major islands Maupiti
Area 11 km2 (4.2 sq mi)
Highest elevation 380 m (1,250 ft)
Administration
Overseas collectivity French Polynesia
Demographics
Population 1,200
Pop. density 109 /km2 (282 /sq mi)

Maupiti is a small coral atoll with a volcanic island in its midst. It has a population of 1,200 people living on 11 square kilometres (4.2 square miles)

Geography[edit]

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Maupiti is located in the western Leeward Islands in French Polynesia. It is the westernmost volcanic high island in the archipelago, 40 kilometres (25 miles) west of Bora Bora. The central island of Maupiti has a high peak of 380 metres (1,250 feet) and a surface area of 11 square kilometres (4.2 square miles). The lagoon has large and flat coral islands in its northern reef half and two motus on both sides of the pass at its southern end.

Population[edit]

At the August 2007 census, the island population was about 1,200 people.

Economy[edit]

A Maupiti supply ship. The blue barrels on the dock are noni which is sent to Papeete for processing.

The primary economic activity on Maupiti is noni production.

History[edit]

There are ancient Polynesian archaeological artifacts dating from at least AD 850 in Maupiti. The first European to arrive on the island was the Dutchman Jakob Roggeveen in 1722. Historically, the island has had strong cultural links with Bora Bora.

Administration[edit]

Maupiti is administratively part of the commune (municipality) of Maupiti, itself in the administrative subdivision of the Leeward Islands. The main settlement is Vaiea.

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