Gilbert Islands


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Gilbert Islands

A group of islands of western Kiribati in the central Pacific Ocean. Inhabited by a mixture of Polynesian and Melanesian peoples, the islands were first visited by the British in 1765, made a protectorate in 1892, and later became part of the Gilbert and Ellice Islands Colony (1916-1976). Full independence as the principal islands of Kiribati was achieved in 1979.

Gilbert Islands

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(Placename) a group of islands in the W Pacific: with Banaba, the Phoenix Islands, and three of the Line Islands they constitute the independent state of Kiribati; until 1975 they formed part of the British colony of Gilbert and Ellice Islands; achieved full independence in 1979. Pop: 82 902 (2005). Area: 295 sq km (114 sq miles)

Ki•ri•ba•ti

(ˌkɪər iˈbɑ ti, ˈkɪər əˌbæs)

n.
a republic in the central Pacific Ocean, on the equator, comprising 33 islands. 85,501; 275 sq. mi. (717 sq. km). Cap.: Tarawa. Formerly, Gilbert Islands.
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Noun1.Gilbert Islands - a group of islands in Micronesia to the southwest of Hawaii; formerly part of the British colony of Gilbert and Ellice Islands until it became part of the Republic of Kiribati in 1979
Makin, Tarawa-Makin, Tarawa - battles in World War II in the Pacific (November 1943); United States Marines took the islands from the Japanese after bitter fighting
Kiribati, Republic of Kiribati - an island republic in the west central Pacific just to the south of the equator
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the Gilbert Islands, which have a land area of 286 sq.
The Gilbert Islands, complicated by disputes over the phosphate island of Banaba, took four years more to emerge as Kiribati, and in 1980 even the Anglo-French condominium of New Hebrides became Vanuatu.
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He was a decorated veteran who participated in battles of Tarawa in the Gilbert Islands, Saipan and Tinian in the Marianas Island and Okinawa.
But climate change could shift ocean currents in a surprising way that lessens the warming near the tiny Gilbert Islands right on the equator, say scientists at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI).
The munitions and weapons were bound for the mid-Pacific and the Marianna and Gilbert islands, the Japanese military's outer band of defenses, which needed to be held if American forces were to be kept away from Japan's home islands.
In addition, in 1944, a total of 396 dengue-infected military personnel from the Gilbert Islands were evacuated to hospitals on Oahu, Hawaii (16).
As a Navy veteran of World War II and as a member of the forces in the Korean conflict, he wrote a book detailing his ship's history, the USS Gilbert Islands CVE-107.
The three main groupings are the Gilbert Islands, Phoenix Islands, and Line Islands.
Every time Spruance commanded an operation against the Japanese they lost: Midway where the Japanese lost four fleet carriers in June 1942 and were thrust permanently on the defensive; the amphibious assault on the Gilbert Islands in November 1943 (Tarawa); and the amphibious assault on the Marshall Islands in May 1944, including an air assault on Truk.
24 that year along with more than 600 shipmates when an enemy torpedo sank the ship during the invasion of the Gilbert Islands.
Her lecture, "Challenges to Dance: Choreographing History in Oceania", examines the interactions and tensions between indigenous peoples and Protestant missionaries in the Gilbert Islands caused by missionary attempts to ban traditional dancing.