Place:French Polynesia

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NameFrench Polynesia
Alt namesFrans Polynesiësource: Engels Woordenboek (1987) p 617
Französisch-Polynesiensource: Rand McNally Atlas (1994) p 320
Polinesia Francesasource: Cassell's Spanish Dictionary (1978) p 929
Polinésia Francesasource: Times Atlas of World History (1993) p 320
Polynésie françaisesource: Getty Vocabulary Program
Polynésie françaisesource: Wikipedia
Porinetia Faranisource: Wikipedia
Territoire de la Polynésia Françaisesource: CIA, World Fact Book (1995)
Territory of French Polynesiasource: Cambridge World Gazetteer (1990) p 214; NIMA, GEOnet Names Server (1996-1998)
Établissements français de l'Océaniesource: Webster's Geographical Dictionary (1988) p 419
TypeCountry
Coordinates15°S 140°W
source: Getty Thesaurus of Geographic Names
source: Family History Library Catalog


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French Polynesia is an overseas collectivity of the French Republic; (COM), sometimes unofficially referred to as an overseas country; (POM). It is composed of 118 geographically dispersed islands and atolls stretching over an expanse of more than in the South Pacific Ocean. Its total land area is .

French Polynesia is divided into 5 groups of islands: The Society Islands archipelago composed of the Windward Islands and the Leeward Islands, the Tuamotu Archipelago, the Gambier Islands, the Marquesas Islands and the Austral Islands. Among its 118 islands and atolls, 67 are inhabited. Tahiti, which is located within the Society Islands, is the most populous island and the seat of the capital of the collectivity, Pape'ete. Although not an integral part of its territory, Clipperton Island was administered from French Polynesia until 2007.

Following the Great Polynesian Migration, European explorers visited the islands of French Polynesia on several occasions. In 1842, the French took over the islands and established a French protectorate they called Etablissements des français en Océanie (EFO) (French Establishments/Settlements in Oceania). In 1946, the EFOs became an overseas territory under the constitution of the French Fourth Republic, and Polynesians were granted the right to vote through citizenship. In 1957, the EFOs were renamed French Polynesia. Since 28 March 2003, French Polynesia has been an overseas collectivity of the French Republic under the constitutional revision of article 74, and later gained, with law 2004-192 of 27 February 2004, an administrative autonomy; two symbolic manifestations of which are the title of the President of French Polynesia and its additional designation as an overseas country.

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