Merig

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to navigation Jump to search
Merig
Location of Merig in Banks Islands
Location of Merig in Banks Islands
Merig is located in Vanuatu
Merig
Merig
Location in Vanuatu
Coordinates: 14°19′S 167°48′E / 14.317°S 167.800°E / -14.317; 167.800Coordinates: 14°19′S 167°48′E / 14.317°S 167.800°E / -14.317; 167.800
Country Vanuatu
ProvinceTorba Province
Area
 • Total0.5 km2 (0.2 sq mi)
 [1]
Population
(2009)
 • Total12
 • Density24/km2 (62/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+11 (VUT)

Merig is a small island located 20 kilometres (12 miles) east of Gaua, in the Banks Islands of northern Vanuatu.

The island is about 800 metres (2,600 feet) wide, and has a circumference of 2.2 kilometres (1 mile).

History[edit]

The first recorded sighting of Merig Island by Europeans was by the Spanish expedition of Pedro Fernández de Quirós on 25 April 1606.[2] It was then named Île Sainte Claire.[3]

Population[edit]

Merig is only inhabited by one household, consisting of 12 individuals.[4]

They speak Mwerlap,[5] the language of the neighbouring island Merelava.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Vanuatu". Haos Blong Volkeno. Retrieved 8 August 2018.
  2. ^ Sharp, Andrew The discovery of the Pacific Islands Oxford, 1960, p.65.
  3. ^ Sidney Herbert Ray (29 May 2014). A Comparative Study of the Melanesian Island Languages. Cambridge University Press. pp. 427–. ISBN 978-1-107-68202-3.
  4. ^ "2009 National Census of Population and Housing: Summary Release" (PDF). Vanuatu National Statistics Office. 2009. Retrieved October 11, 2010.
  5. ^ Languages of the Banks & Torres Islands.