South Pacific islands history A to Z

How well do you know the history of the people and places of the South Pacific?
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Last updated: July 4, 2021
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Renowned pioneer of Samoa's hotel industry
Aggie Grey
B
Coral reef in the Marshall Islands used by the United States for nuclear testing
Bikini Atoll
C
Fijian leader who united the country and sought the protection of the United Kingdom
Cakobau
D
A large, double-hulled canoe, capable of long journeys and carrying up to 200 people. Also the Fijian word for twin.
Drua
E
The 19th century British name for Tuvalu
Ellice Islands
F
French Territory named Hoornse Eylanden by 17th century Dutch explorers from the town of Hoorn
Futuna
G
Largest island in the Solomons, and site of an American victory in WWII
Guadalcanal
H
Both Paul Gauguin and Jacques Brel lived and died on this Marquesas island, also known for its stone tiki statues
Hiva Oa
I
This boundary was moved from west to east of Tokelau at midnight on 29 December 2011
International Date Line
J
Country that occupied the Gilbert Islands from December 1941 to November 1943
Japan
K
An island that was split into two (Tongoa and Epi) by a major volcanic eruption in the 15th century
Kuwae
L
Prehistoric Austronesian people who were the first to settle in the Pacific islands
Lapita
M
Coral reef in French Polynesia used by France for nuclear testing
Moruroa Atoll
N
French penal colony between 1864 and 1924
New Caledonia
O
Polynesian god particularly venerated in Tahiti in the 17th and 18th centuries
'Oro
P
The final destination of HMS Bounty
Pitcairn Island
Q
Woman of Samoan and American heritage who became a successful entrepreneur in New Britain
Queen Emma
R
In 1932 this island held celebrations and a rugby match to welcome the New Zealand Olympic team, the Australian delegation to the Imperial Economic Conference, and an Australian cricket team, including Donald Bradman, all sailing home from North America
Rarotonga
S
In 2009 this country switched from driving on the right to driving on the left side of the road
Samoa
T
A sport, unique to a PNG island, that combines local traditions of competition and combat with a game introduced by a British missionary in 1903
Trobriand cricket
U
Major scientific surveying voyage conducted under Lieutenant Wilkes in 1838-42
United States Exploring Expedition
V
This name was adopted by the New Hebrides in 1980 to signify independence from Britain and France
Vanuatu
W
Māori genealogy, connecting people to ancestry and place
Whakapapa
X
Chinese explorer who commanded a fleet of ships in the Pacific in the 3rd century BCE, searching for the elixir of life
Xu Fu
Y
Group in the Caroline Islands that gave its name to one of the Federated states of Micronesia
Yap
Z
A powerful sorceress who was the main character in a Mexican comic book and film set on an exoticized Pacific island
Zonga
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