Talk:Gilbert and Ellice Islands

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Founding[edit]

There is a mistake for the beginning of protectorate : only 1892 by Captain Davies --Enzino 19:28, 10 Sep 2004 (UTC)

Division[edit]

Can someone go into the reasons the islands were split from each other? Chris 04:01, 4 June 2007 (UTC)

Naming[edit]

There's no mention of where the names "Gilbert" and "Ellice" came from. I've read that Ellice Islands were named after a British member of parliament who owned the ship that found them. Is there more info on these namings? -- JackofOz 01:13, 26 September 2007 (UTC)

Ah, found it at List of country name etymologies.
  • Gilbert Islands (former name): named after the British Captain Thomas Gilbert, who sighted the islands in 1788.
  • Ellice Islands (former name): named after Edward Ellice, a British politician and merchant, by Captain Arent de Peyster, who sighted the islands in 1819 sailing on the ship Rebecca. Ellice owned the cargo of the ship. The Ellice Islands received the name Tuvalu following a vote for secession from the Gilbert Islands (now Kiribati) in 1975/1976.
I've added this info to the article. -- JackofOz 02:00, 26 September 2007 (UTC)

Clearly specify where this is geographically![edit]

A clear description of the geographical location in relation to it's neighbouring areas is needed. The current map is useful (however somewhat low resolution), but this article could be improved a lot if someone actually writes where these islands were geographically. — Preceding unsigned comment added by 95.150.95.193 (talk) 22:10, 5 December 2013 (UTC)

Chronology[edit]

"The formation of the United Nations Organisation after World War II resulted in the United Nations Special Committee on Decolonization committing to a process of decolonisation; as a consequence the British colonies in the Pacific started on a path to self-determination." Since the United Nations Special Committee on Decolonization apparently only came into being in 1961, a great deal of what is attributed to it (especially the phrase "as a consequence the British colonies in the Pacific started on a path to self-determination") happened before it existed, especially things that happened in 1947 and 1956. And quite what relevance the Special Committee has or had is not obvious either, given that it is - at least at present - mostly made up of countries intent on forming their own political bloc and paying little attention to the wishes of the inhabitants of the territories in question. Ghughesarch (talk) 02:07, 22 May 2015 (UTC)