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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.
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Gilbert Islands

pl n
(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)
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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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A telegram from Gerald Bernard Gallagher, a British colonial officer responsible for the 1940 discovery, to the acting administrative officer of the Central Gilbert Islands District in Tarawa on September 23, 1940, explains: Please obtain from Koata (Native Magistrate Gardner on way to Central Hospital) a certain bottle alleged to have been found near skull discovered on Gardner Island.
In November of 1943, he was among the first troops to assault the heavily fortified enemy defenses of Betio Island Red Beach One, Tarawa Atoll, Gilbert Islands as part of an advance team whose mission was to establish a headquarters for tractor battalion operations.
(1) This whakapapa continues, to tell the stories of the stars, the children of the heavens, and is common to many Pacific stories, as the basis of traditional astronomical concepts and way-finding, for example on the Hawaiian and Gilbert Islands;
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.
Biniati, who hails from the Biniati, who hails from the tiny Gilbert Islands atoll of tiny Gilbert Islands atoll of Tabiteuea in the Pacific Ocean, Tabiteuea in the Pacific Ocean, had never had an official had never had an official conte st and had only previously conte st and had only previously sparred with boys back home.
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.