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New Caledonia

A French overseas territory in the southwest Pacific Ocean consisting of the island of New Caledonia and several smaller islands. The island of New Caledonia was sighted and named by Capt. James Cook in 1774 and annexed by France in 1853. It was a penal colony from 1864 to 1922. Nouméa is the capital.

New Caledonia

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(Placename) an island in the SW Pacific, east of Australia: forms, with its dependencies, a French Overseas Country; discovered by Captain Cook in 1774; rich mineral resources. Capital: Nouméa. Pop: 264 022 (2013 est). Area: 19 103 sq km (7374 miles). French name: Nouvelle-Calédonie

New` Caledo′nia


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1. an island in the S Pacific, ab. 800 mi. (1290 km) E of Australia. 127,885; 6224 sq. mi. (16,120 sq. km).
2. an overseas territory of France comprising this island and other smaller islands: formerly a penal colony. 187,784; 7200 sq. mi. (18,650 sq. km). Cap.: Nouméa.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.New Caledonia - an island to the to the east of Australia and to the north of New ZealandNew Caledonia - an island to the to the east of Australia and to the north of New Zealand
Melanesia - the islands in the southwestern part of Oceania
Translations
Neukaledonien
Uusi-Kaledonia
Új-Kaledónia
Nieuw-Caledonië
Nowa Kaledonia
Nova Caledónia
Nya Kaledonien
Yeni Kaledonya
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The word "kanake," originally derived from the New Caledonian or Kanaky word for human, is a derogatory word used in Germany to refer to immigrants.
En Oceania, el no de Australia, fiel a la corona britanica, influye en Nueva Zelanda, Fiji, Samoa, Salomon, pero no en las islas Vanuatu, cuyos gobiernos siempre apoyaron la independencia de Timor Este y Kanaky (frustrada esta por Francia).
An independent scholar with links in Quebec and Sydney, Waddell presents a biography of the Kanak political leader and philosopher Tjibaou (1936-89), who advocated for his Melanesian people on New Caledonia, or Kanaky.
The union organisations' joint political strikes included opposition to Australian and New Zealand involvement in the Vietnam War, the repression of trade unions in Poland and the Indonesian presence in East Timor; trade bans against the military junta in Chile; and calls for an independent Kanaky in New Caledonia.
JEAN-MARIE TJIBAOU, Kanaky, Pandanus Books, Canberra ACT, 2005; ISBN 1 74076 175 8; xxxix + 328 pages.