Gambier Islands


Gambier Islands
/gam"bear/
a group of islands in French Polynesia, belonging to the Tuamotu Archipelago. 8226; 12 sq. mi. (31 sq. km).

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Island group (pop., 1996: 1,087), French Polynesia.

It is the southeasternmost extension of the Tuamotu Archipelago. The largest island, Mangareva, is 5 mi (8 km) long and encircled by a barrier reef 40 mi (64 km) in circumference. Mangareva rises to about 1,444 ft (440 m) in the peaks Duff and Mokoto; the chief village, Rikitea, is on Mangareva's eastern side. The Gambier Islands were annexed by the French in 1881. Their economy is based on subsistence agriculture; pearl harvesting is also of economic importance.

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French  Îles Gambier,  also called  Mangareva Islands,  

      southeasternmost extension of the Tuamotu Archipelago of French Polynesia in the central South Pacific, nearly 1,000 miles (1,600 km) east-southeast of Tahiti. The islands are just north of the Tropic of Capricorn. The principal inhabited group of the Gambiers comprises the volcanic islets Mangareva (Magareva), Taravai, Akamaru, and Aukena. Mangareva, which is 5 miles (8 km) long and encircled by a barrier reef, rises to approximately 1,444 feet (440 metres) in the peaks Duff and Mokoto; Rikitea, the chief village, with St. Michael's Cathedral (1834–71), is on its eastern side.

      Capt. James Wilson of the missionary ship Duff sighted (1797) and named the Mangareva cluster for Adm. James Gambier. Annexed by the French in 1881, the group now forms a part of the Tuamotu-Gambier administrative subdivision of French Polynesia. The inhabitants support themselves with subsistence agriculture and fishing. Pop. (2002) 1,097.

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