Easter Island(redirected from Chilean Polynesia)
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Easter IslandKnown locally as Ra·pa Nu·i (rä′pə no͞o′ē)
An island of Chile in the southern Pacific Ocean about 3,700 km (2,300 mi) west of the mainland. Inhabited by Polynesians since the fifth century ad and encountered by Dutch explorers on Easter Day, 1722, the island is famous for its colossal heads carved from volcanic rock. These ancient remains are of uncertain age but are believed to date from the period from roughly 1000 to 1600.
(Placename) an isolated volcanic island in the Pacific, 3700 km (2300 miles) west of Chile, of which it is a dependency: discovered on Easter Sunday, 1722; annexed by Chile in 1888; noted for the remains of an aboriginal culture, which includes gigantic stone figures. Pop: 3791 (2002). Area: 166 sq km (64 sq miles). Polynesian name: Rapa Nui Spanish name: Isla de Pascua