NASA picture of Tauere Atoll
|Area||60 km2 (23 sq mi) (lagoon)
2 km2 (0.8 sq mi) (above water)
|Length||7.5 km (4.66 mi)|
|Overseas collectivity||French Polynesia|
Tauere Atoll or Taouere, also known as Te Putua, is a small atoll of the central Tuamotu Archipelago in French Polynesia. It is located 85 kilometres (53 miles) northwest of Hao Atoll's westernmost point.
Tauere Atoll is squarish in shape. It measures 7.5 kilometres (4.7 miles) across. The islands are located on its northern and eastern sides. Its lagoon is not connected to the ocean by a pass, which makes this small atoll quite inaccessible.
Tauere has only 3 inhabitants.
The first European recorded sight of the atoll was by the Spanish expedition of Pedro Fernandez de Quirós on 12 February 1606. They charted it as La Decena. Tauere was again sighted by Spanish navigator Domingo de Boenechea on October 28, 1772 on ship Aguila. He called this atoll San Simon y Judas. Hence this atoll appears in some maps as St. Simon.
- "Population". Institut de la statistique de la Polynésie française. Retrieved 10 October 2014.
- 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.313.
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