Society Islands


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So·ci·e·ty Islands

 (sə-sī′ĭ-tē)
An island group of French Polynesia in the southern Pacific Ocean east of Samoa. The group is made up of the Windward Islands and the Leeward Islands. Long inhabited by Polynesian peoples and first visited by Europeans in the early 1600s, the islands were claimed for France by Louis Antoine de Bougainville in 1768 and named by Capt. James Cook in 1769. They became a French protectorate in 1843 and a part of the overseas territory of French Polynesia in 1946.

Society Islands

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(Placename) a group of islands in the S Pacific: administratively part of French Polynesia; consists of the Windward Islands and the Leeward Islands; became a French protectorate in 1843 and a colony in 1880. Pop: 214 445 (2002). Area: 1595 sq km (616 sq miles)

Soci′ety Is′lands


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a group of islands in the S Pacific: a part of French Polynesia; largest island, Tahiti. 142,270; 650 sq. mi. (1683 sq. km). Cap.: Papeete.
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Noun1.Society Islands - an island group of French Polynesia in the South Pacific to the east of SamoaSociety Islands - an island group of French Polynesia in the South Pacific to the east of Samoa
French Oceania, French Polynesia - a French overseas possession in the South Pacific
Tahiti - an island in the south Pacific; the most important island in French Polynesia; made famous by Robert Louis Stevenson and Paul Gauguin
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The great interest with which the important events lately occurring at the Sandwich, Marquesas, and Society Islands, have been regarded in America and England, and indeed throughout the world, will, he trusts, justify a few otherwise unwarrantable digressions.
[4] This was described in Christie's catalogue as follows: "A nude woman, a native of the Society Islands, is lying on the ground beside a brook.
A*      Tahiti & the Society Islands (7 nights): February 22, 2020; July 4, 2020
Consider a seven-day cruise of Tahiti and the Society Islands beginning in the capital city of Papeete, where guests can explore inviting parks and gardens as well as the bustling public market, pearl museum and much more.
His intricate sketch map of the Society Islands shows just what an asset he must have been to Cook and his crew during their voyage, while his drawing of Banks bartering for a crayfish in New Zealand in 1796 suggests he may have had a sly, wry sense of humour (both Banks and the New Zealander look more than a little unsure of themselves.)
To mention only a few examples, he cites large stone platforms (called ahu, of which there are more than 300, and similarly constructed examples of which are also found in the Hawaiian, Marquesas, and Society Islands); DNA of introduced Pacific Rats on the island that matches that of rats from the Mangareva region; and the names of three native Easter Island plants which are shared across many other Polynesian Islands (p.32).
A Easter Islands B Christmas Islands C Friend Islands D Society Islands 5.
(2017) First records of the invasive predatory land snail Gulella (Huttonella) bicolor (Hutton, 1834) (Gastropoda: Streptaxidae) from the Society Islands, French Polynesia.
In the Society Islands, screening of additional participants in 2015 did not lead to a significant difference in RRV seroprevalence (18%) compared with the 1 observed in the participants recruited in 2014 (27%) (p = 0.125).
"It's all perfectly timed as the museum prepares for next year's celebrations marking the 250th anniversary of the start of Captain Cook's First Voyage aboard Endeavour to the Pacific Ocean and his exploration of the Society Islands, New Zealand and the East coast of Australia."
The island, which is part of the Society Islands in French Polynesia, lies 30 miles north of Tahiti and is made up of 12 islets surrounding a stunning turquoise lagoon.
striata was originally described in the location of Eimeo, Society Islands. Later, it was described for the entire tropical zone of the Pacific and Indian Ocean (Knox, 1957; Day, 1967; Reish, 1968; Gibbs, 1972; Rullier, 1972; Kohn & Lloyd, 1973a, 1973b).

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