Tahiti, Marquesas, Society Islands, Tuamoto, Tubuai
Capital: Papeete (on Tahiti)
These five archipelagoes in the South Pacific were first visited by Europeans in 1595. They became a French Protectorate in 1843, were annexed to France in 1880-2 and became a French Overseas Territory in 1958, changing their name from French Oceania to French Polynesia. They were given self-government in 1977 and after demands for independence by another French territory, New Caledonia, unrest developed.
Tangaroa - creator god
Tonofiti - creator god
This collection of names was compiled by Kate Monk and is ©1997, Kate Monk.
Copies may be made for personal use only.
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