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Society Islands
Native name: Îles de la Société

Tahiti
Geography
Location Pacific Ocean
Coordinates Coordinates: 17°32′S, 149°50′W
Archipelago Society Islands
Major islands Tahiti, Moorea, Raiatea, Bora Bora, Huahine
Area 1590 km²
Highest point Mont Orohena
2241 m
Administration
Flag of France France
Overseas collectivity French Polynesia
Largest city Papeete (131,695 urban)
Demographics
Population 227,807 [1] (as of Aug. 2007 census)
Density 143/km²
Map of Society Islands
Map of Society Islands
One of the islands.
One of the islands.

The Society Islands (French: Îles de la Société or officially Archipel de la Société) are a group of islands in the south Pacific, administratively part of French Polynesia. The archipelago is generally believed to have been named by Captain James Cook in honor of the Royal Society, sponsor of the first British scientific survey of the islands; however, Cook states in his journal that he called the islands Society "as they lay contiguous to one another"[2]. French (français, langue française) is one of the most important Romance languages, outnumbered in speakers only by Spanish and Portuguese. ... Image File history File links Metadata No higher resolution available. ... Tahiti is the largest island in the Windward group of the French Polynesia, located in the archipelago of Society Islands in the southern Pacific Ocean. ... Map French Polynesia public domain from the CIA World Factbook http://www. ... Map of Earth showing lines of latitude (horizontally) and longitude (vertically), Eckert VI projection; large version (pdf, 1. ... Tahiti is the largest island in the Windward group of the French Polynesia, located in the archipelago of Society Islands in the southern Pacific Ocean. ... The Sofitel Ia Ora resort on Moorea Cooks Bay Bungalows of Hotel Hibiscus, Hauru Point, Moorea Moorea (or Moorea) is a high island in French Polynesia, part of the Society Islands, 17 km (roughly 9mi) northwest of Tahiti. ... Image:Sp03 raiatea small. ... Mount Otemanu, Bora Bora Bora Bora Pearl Beach Resort, Bora Bora Frigate Flor al, stationned in Bora-Bora lagoon Bora Bora is an atoll in French Polynesia, about 260 km northwest of the capital, Papeete. ... For the town in Thailand, see Hua Hin. ... Mont Orohena is located in centralTahiti Mont Orohena is a mountain of 2,241 m in central Tahiti in French Polynesia in the south Pacific. ... Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... A collectivité doutre-mer (in English Overseas Community) or COM, is an administrative division of France. ... Papeete Waterfront Papeete is the capital of French Polynesia, and is located on the island of Tahiti, which is part of the Society Islands, in French Polynesia. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... For other meanings of Pacific, see Pacific (disambiguation). ... The Mergui Archipelago The Archipelago Sea, situated between the Gulf of Bothnia and the Gulf of Finland, the largest archipelago in the world by the number of islands. ... This article is about the British explorer. ... For other uses, see Royal Society (disambiguation). ...


The islands are divided geographically, politically and administratively into two groups:

The islands became a French protectorate in 1843 and a colony in 1880. They have a population of 227,807 inhabitants (as of August 2007 census).[1] They cover a land area of 1,590 km² (614 sq. miles). The Windward Islands (French Îles du Vent) are the eastern group of the Society Islands in French Polynesia. ... Mehetia is a very young active volcano 110 kilometers (68. ... Tahiti is the largest island in the Windward group of the French Polynesia, located in the archipelago of Society Islands in the southern Pacific Ocean. ... The Sofitel Ia Ora resort on Moorea Cooks Bay Bungalows of Hotel Hibiscus, Hauru Point, Moorea Moorea (or Moorea) is a high island in French Polynesia, part of the Society Islands, 17 km (roughly 9mi) northwest of Tahiti. ... Maiao is an 9. ... Tetiaroa Tetiaroa, one of the Society Islands, is an atoll located 59 km (36. ... The Leeward Islands (French: ÃŽles Sous-le-Vent; litteraly Islands Under-the-Wind) are part of the Society Islands in French Polynesia. ... For the town in Thailand, see Hua Hin. ... Mount Otemanu, Bora Bora Bora Bora Pearl Beach Resort, Bora Bora Frigate Flor al, stationned in Bora-Bora lagoon Bora Bora is an atoll in French Polynesia, about 260 km northwest of the capital, Papeete. ... Image:Sp03 raiatea small. ... Bora Bora, Tahaa, and Raiatea from space Tahaa is an island in the Society Islands of French Polynesia. ... Maupiti is an island at the heart of the Leeward Islands in French Polynesia. ... Tupai is an atol in Society Islands, French Polynesia. ... Maupihaa is an atoll in the Leeward group of the Society Islands. ... The name Motu One, meaning Sand Island is a generic term for a low-lying, sandy islet which cannot sustain permanent habitation. ... Indian Ocean Islands The following islands are in the Indian Ocean Réunion (French: La Réunion) - (Overseas department and region) Mayotte (French: Mayotte) - (Overseas collectivity entitled departmental collectivity) Scattered Islands in the Indian Ocean (French: ÃŽles Éparses) (all five have no permanent population) Bassas da India (French: ÃŽle Bassas... This article is about a type of political territory. ... Year 1880 (MDCCCLXXX) was a leap year starting on Thursday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar (or a leap year starting on Tuesday of the 12-day slower Julian calendar). ...


References

  1. ^ a b (French) Institut Statistique de Polynésie Française (ISPF). Recensement de la population 2007 (PDF). Retrieved on 2007-12-02.
  2. ^ Horwitz, Tony. Oct. 2003, Blue Latitudes: Boldly Going Where Captain Cook Has Gone Before, Bloomsbury, ISBN 0-7475-6455-8

Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era in the 21st century. ... is the 336th day of the year (337th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Tony Horwitz is a reporter and author of the acclaimed books Confederates In The Attic and Baghdad Without A Map. ...

External links

  • Society Islands from Space


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Society Islands (Leeward Islands, Windward Islands) · Tuamotu Islands 
Gambier Islands  · Austral Islands  · Marquesas Islands Image File history File links Flag_of_French_Polynesia. ... The Mergui Archipelago The Archipelago Sea, situated between the Gulf of Bothnia and the Gulf of Finland, the largest archipelago in the world by the number of islands. ... Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... The Leeward Islands (French: ÃŽles Sous-le-Vent; litteraly Islands Under-the-Wind) are part of the Society Islands in French Polynesia. ... The Windward Islands (French Îles du Vent) are the eastern group of the Society Islands in French Polynesia. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_the_Tuamotu_Islands. ... A Satellite photo of the Acteon Group, 4 atolls in the southeastern Tuamotus. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_the_Gambier_Islands. ... The Gambier Islands (French: ÃŽles Gambier or Archipel des Gambier) are a small group of islands in French Polynesia, located at the southeast terminus of the Tuamotu archipelago. ... The Austral Islands are the southernmost group of islands in French Polynesia, sometimes also called the Tubuai Islands, after one of the main islands. ... National motto: Mau‘u‘u ha‘e iti Official languages French, Tahitian Political status Dependent territory, administrative division of French Polynesia Capital Tai o Hae Largest City Tai o Hae Area 1,274 km² ( 492 sq. ...



The Windward Islands (French Îles du Vent) are the eastern group of the Society Islands in French Polynesia. ... Maiao is an 9. ... Mehetia is a very young active volcano 110 kilometers (68. ... The Sofitel Ia Ora resort on Moorea Cooks Bay Bungalows of Hotel Hibiscus, Hauru Point, Moorea Moorea (or Moorea) is a high island in French Polynesia, part of the Society Islands, 17 km (roughly 9mi) northwest of Tahiti. ... Tahiti is the largest island in the Windward group of the French Polynesia, located in the archipelago of Society Islands in the southern Pacific Ocean. ... Tetiaroa Tetiaroa, one of the Society Islands, is an atoll located 59 km (36. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_French_Polynesia. ... The Leeward Islands (French: ÃŽles Sous-le-Vent; litteraly Islands Under-the-Wind) are part of the Society Islands in French Polynesia. ... Mount Otemanu, Bora Bora Bora Bora Pearl Beach Resort, Bora Bora Frigate Flor al, stationned in Bora-Bora lagoon Bora Bora is an atoll in French Polynesia, about 260 km northwest of the capital, Papeete. ... For the town in Thailand, see Hua Hin. ... Map of Manuae Country France French Polynesia Archipelago Society Islands Leeward Islands Region South Pacific Ocean Area 4 km² Coastline - km Highest elevation - - m Population  - Density 0 ppl. ... Maupihaa is an atoll in the Leeward group of the Society Islands. ... Maupiti is an island at the heart of the Leeward Islands in French Polynesia. ... The name Motu One, meaning Sand Island is a generic term for a low-lying, sandy islet which cannot sustain permanent habitation. ... Image:Sp03 raiatea small. ... Bora Bora, Tahaa, and Raiatea from space Tahaa is an island in the Society Islands of French Polynesia. ... Tupai is an atol in Society Islands, French Polynesia. ... The Austral Islands are the southernmost group of islands in French Polynesia, sometimes also called the Tubuai Islands, after one of the main islands. ... The Gambier Islands (French: ÃŽles Gambier or Archipel des Gambier) are a small group of islands in French Polynesia, located at the southeast terminus of the Tuamotu archipelago. ... National motto: Mau‘u‘u ha‘e iti Official languages French, Tahitian Political status Dependent territory, administrative division of French Polynesia Capital Tai o Hae Largest City Tai o Hae Area 1,274 km² ( 492 sq. ... A Satellite photo of the Acteon Group, 4 atolls in the southeastern Tuamotus. ... Carving from the ridgepole of a Māori house, ca 1840 Polynesia (from Greek: πολύς many, νῆσος island) is a large grouping of over 1,000 islands scattered over the central and southern Pacific Ocean. ... The Polynesian Triangle is a geographical region of the Pacific Ocean anchored by Hawaii, Rapa Nui and New Zealand. ... The Austral Islands are the southernmost group of islands in French Polynesia, sometimes also called the Tubuai Islands, after one of the main islands. ... Rapa Nui redirects here. ... The Gambier Islands (French: ÃŽles Gambier or Archipel des Gambier) are a small group of islands in French Polynesia, located at the southeast terminus of the Tuamotu archipelago. ... Map of the Hawaiian Islands, a chain of islands that stretches 2,400 km in a northwesterly direction from the southern tip of the Island of Hawaii. ... The Loyalty Islands. ... National motto: Mau‘u‘u ha‘e iti Official languages French, Tahitian Political status Dependent territory, administrative division of French Polynesia Capital Tai o Hae Largest City Tai o Hae Area 1,274 km² ( 492 sq. ... Isla Sala y Gómez (Rapa Nui: Motu Motiro Hiva) is a small uninhabited island lying in the eastern Pacific at 26°27′ S 105°28′ W. It is part of Chiles Easter Island province. ... Samoa Islands may refer to: Samoa, a country in the South Pacific American Samoa, a U.S. territory, also in the South Pacific This is a disambiguation page — a navigational aid which lists other pages that might otherwise share the same title. ... A Satellite photo of the Acteon Group, 4 atolls in the southeastern Tuamotus. ... Motto: n/a Anthem: La Marseillaise Capital (and largest city) Mata-Utu Official languages French Uvean, Futunan Government Overseas territory of France  -  President of France Nicolas Sarkozy  -  Administrateur supérieur Richard Didier  -  President of the Territorial Assembly Pesamino Taputai  -  Kings (traditionally three) King of Uvea (none at present) Soane Patita... Polynesian outliers are a number of Polynesian islands which lie in Melanesia and Micronesia. ... Anuta is a small high island in the southeastern part of the Solomon Islands province of Temotu. ... Emae (coordinates ) is an island in the Shepherds Islands, Shefa, Vanuatu. ... Futuna is an island in the Tafea province of Vanuatu. ... Kapingamarangi is an atoll in the Federated States of Micronesia. ... Mele Island also known as Hideaway Island is a Polynesian outlier and islet in Vanuatu. ... Nuguria or the Nuguria Islands are a Polynesian outlier and islands of Papua New Guinea. ... The Nukumanu Islands, part of Papua New Guinea are located in the path of the Polynesian migration to Oceania some 5,000 years ago, the Nukumanu Islands were settled by the Polynesians and retained their Polynesian character as part of the Melanesian Archipelago of Papua New Guinea and the Solomon... Nukuoro is an atoll in the Federated States of Micronesia. ... Ontong Java Atoll is the northernmost tract of land in the Solomon Islands and an outlying part of the province of Malaita. ... Ouvéa from space, November 1990 Ouvea may refer to: Ouvéa, an island in the Loyalty Islands of New Caledonia. ... Pileni is a culturally important island in the Reef Islands, in the northern part of the Solomon Islands province of Temotu. ... Rennell and Bellona Province is one of the provinces of the Solomon Islands. ... Rotuma is a Fijian Dependency, consisting of the island of Rotuma and the nearby islets of Hatana, Hofliua, Solkope, Solnohu and Uea. ... Sikaiana formerly called Stewart Islands is a small atoll 212 km NE of Malaita. ... A village scene on Takuu Takuu (also Tauu or Mortlock Islands) is a small, isolated atoll off the east coast of Bougainville in Papua New Guinea. ... Tikopia is the southernmost of the Santa Cruz Islands, located in the province of Temotu. ...

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French Polynesia - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (897 words)
It is made up of several groups of Polynesian islands, the most famous island being Tahiti in the Society Islands group, which is also the most populous island, and the seat of the capital of the territory (Papeete).
Windward Islands (French: (les) Îles du Vent or officially la subdivision adminstrative des Îles du Vent) (the two subdivisions administratives Windward Islands and Leeward Islands are part of the Society Islands)
In 2002, 69% of the population of French Polynesia lived in the island of Tahiti alone.
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