Alt namesNew Hebridessource: Webster's Geographical Dictionary (1988) p 833
Nouvelles-Hébridessource: Rand McNally Atlas (1986) I-157
Republic of Vanuatusource: Wikipedia
Ripablik blong Vanuatusource: Britannica Book of the Year (1991) p 730; Britannica Book of the Year (1993) p 747; NIMA, GEOnet Names Server (1996-1998)
Coordinates16°S 167°E
source: Getty Thesaurus of Geographic Names
source: Family History Library Catalog

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Vanuatu ( or  ; Bislama ), officially the Republic of Vanuatu (Bislama: Ripablik blong Vanuatu), is an Oceanian island nation located in the South Pacific Ocean. The archipelago, which is of volcanic origin, is some east of northern Australia, northeast of New Caledonia, west of Fiji, and southeast of the Solomon Islands, near New Guinea.

Vanuatu was first inhabited by Melanesian people. The first Europeans to visit the islands were a Spanish expedition led by Portuguese navigator Fernandes de Queirós, who arrived in Espiritu Santo in 1605; he claimed the archipelago for Spain and named it Espiritu Santo (Spanish for Holy Spirit). In the 1880s, France and the United Kingdom claimed parts of the country, and in 1906 they agreed on a framework for jointly managing the archipelago as the New Hebrides through a British–French Condominium. An independence movement arose in the 1970s, and the Republic of Vanuatu was founded in 1980.


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