Admiralty Islands


Admiralty Islands
a group of islands in the SW Pacific, N of New Guinea: part of Papua New Guinea. 27,600; ab. 800 sq. mi. (2070 sq. km).

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Island group (pop., 2000 est.: 41,748), Papua New Guinea.

An extension of the Bismarck Archipelago comprising about 40 islands, the Admiralty Islands lie about 190 mi (300 km) north of the mainland of Papua New Guinea in the South Pacific Ocean. Most of the land area of the islands is contained in Manus Island, which is the site of Lorengau, the islands' principal settlement. First sighted by the Dutch explorer Willem Schouten in 1616, it was named by the British captain Philip Carteret in 1767. Subsequently ruled by the Germans, Australians, and Japanese, the islands were made part of the UN Trust Territory of New Guinea in 1946. When Papua New Guinea attained independence in 1975, the islands became part of that country.

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▪ islands, Papua New Guinea
 islands in Papua New Guinea, southwestern Pacific Ocean, an extension of the Bismarck Archipelago comprising about 40 islands. The group lies about 190 miles (300 km) off the northern coast of Papua New Guinea. The volcanic Manus Island constitutes the majority of its land area and is the site of Lorengau, the islands' principal settlement.

      Possibly explored by the Spaniard Álvaro Saavedra in 1528, the group was sighted by the Dutch navigator Willem Schouten in 1616 and named by the British captain Philip Carteret in 1767. Constituted part of a German protectorate in 1884, the islands were captured by Australia in 1914 and were included in the territory mandated to that nation in 1921. They were occupied by Japan from 1942 to 1944 and made part of the UN Trust Territory of New Guinea in 1946. When Papua New Guinea attained its independence in 1975, the islands became part of that country.

      The economy of the Admiralty Islands is primarily agricultural, consisting of copra production and some coffee growing. Copper deposits have been located on Manus Island. Manus is heavily forested, and logging is another important industry on the island. The indigenous population, which is primarily Melanesian, engages in fishing and local trading. Many are adherents of the Paliau movement, an indigenous social and religious movement founded by Paliau Maloat after World War II.

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