Tauere

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Tauere
Tauere.JPG
NASA picture of Tauere Atoll
Tauere is located in French Polynesia
Tauere
Geography
Location Pacific Ocean
Coordinates 17°22′S 141°28′W / 17.367°S 141.467°W / -17.367; -141.467Coordinates: 17°22′S 141°28′W / 17.367°S 141.467°W / -17.367; -141.467
Archipelago Tuamotus
Area 60 km2 (23 sq mi)  (lagoon)
2 km² (above water)
Length 7.5 km (4.66 mi)
Country
France
Overseas collectivity French Polynesia
Administrative subdivision Tuamotus
Commune Hao
Demographics
Population 3[1] (as of 2012)
NASA picture of Tauere Atoll.

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 km northwest of Hao Atoll's westernmost point.

Tauere Atoll is squarish in shape. It measures 7.5 km 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.

History[edit]

First European recorded sight was by the Spanish expedition of Pedro Fernandez de Quirós on the 12th of February of 1606. They charted it as La Decena.[2] 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.

Administration[edit]

Administratively Tauere belongs to the commune of Amanu (Main village: Ikitake) which includes the atolls of Rekareka (uninhabited) and Tauere. The Amanu commune is associated with the Hao commune.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Population". Institut de la statistique de la Polynésie française. Retrieved 10 October 2014. 
  2. ^ 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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