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  French Polynesia - Biocrawler
French Polynesia is a French overseas "country" (French: pays d'outre-mer, or POM) in the southern Pacific Ocean.
French Polynesia has a moderately developed economy, which is dependent on imported goods, tourism and the financial assistance of mainland France.
In 2002, 69% of the population of French Polynesia lived in the island of Tahiti alone.
www.biocrawler.com /encyclopedia/French_Polynesia   (683 words)

  
 French Polynesia - Encyclopedia.com
French Polynesia is administered by a French-appointed high commissioner and by an elected assembly that elects a territorial president and a council of ministers.
European contact began in the 16th cent., and the area was widely explored by the French during the 18th and 19th cent., when French missionaries also came to the region.
France began testing nuclear weapons in some parts of French Polynesia in the 1960s, meeting with widespread local opposition; a series of six tests in 1995-96 was declared by France to be the last.
www.encyclopedia.com /doc/1E1-FrenchPo.html   (1307 words)

  
 French Polynesia
French Polynesia (Tahiti) is considered to be the most beautiful and romantic place on Earth.
French Polynesia is one of the few places in the world where cultured fl pearls are grown.
French Polynesia comprises one coral archipelago and four volcanic archipelagoes whose high islands, except for the Marquesas, are surrounded by a more or less regular coral reef usually cut by passes.
www.gotahiti.com /frenchpolynesia4.htm   (2473 words)

  
 Spartanburg SC | GoUpstate.com | Spartanburg Herald-Journal
Politics of French Polynesia takes place in a framework of a parliamentary representative democratic French overseas collectivity, whereby the President of French Polynesia is the head of government, and of a pluriform multi-party system.
At the 2002 census, 69.1% of the population of French Polynesia lived in the island of Tahiti alone.
French is the official language of French Polynesia.
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 Culture of French Polynesia - History and ethnic relations, Urbanism, architecture, and the use of space
French Polynesian identity is more Polynesian than French, but many residents are proud of their relationship to French culture and feel a kinship with French-speaking cultures throughout the world.
The territory's political institutions are the government of French Polynesia, the Assembly of French Polynesia, and the Economic, Social and Cultural Council (CES).
French Polynesians have a fairly high standard of living that is maintained through the money they receive from French entitlement programs, including the elderly pension/retirement system and the family allocation system.
www.everyculture.com /Cr-Ga/French-Polynesia.html   (3603 words)

  
 Reference.com/Encyclopedia/Marquesas Islands
French control over the group was reestablished in 1870, and later incorporated into the territory of French Polynesia.
Although French and Tahitian are the only official languages of French Polynesia, and therefore of the Marquesas Islands as well, the Marquesan languages, in their various forms, remain the primary means of communication within the archipelago.
Famous French painter Paul Gauguin and Belgian singer Jacques Brel spent the last years of their lives in the Marquesas, and are buried there.
www.reference.com /browse/wiki/Marquesas   (1441 words)

  
 French Polynesia, Introduction on French Polynesia
The French Polynesia, an overseas country is nestled in the southern region of Pacific Ocean placed about halfway in the midst of Australia and America.
French Polynesia enjoys a tropical kind of weather condition being sunny and pleasant throughout the year.
Among the vivid French Polynesian flora that are presently located here it was the ancient travelers who came across these scenic beauty by chance, They discovered the Tiare Tahiti or the Gardenia taitensis species which is popularly known as the national flower of of this region.
www.mapsofworld.com /country-profile/french-polynesia-information-geography-history.html   (652 words)

  
 Tahiti and Its Islands: GEOGRAPHY
Together the 35 islands and 83 atolls of French Polynesia total only 3,543 square km in land area, yet they're scattered over 5,030,000 square km of the southeastern Pacific, from the Cook Is. in the west to Pitcairn in the east.
In all, French Polynesia offers some of the most varied and spectacular scenery of the entire Pacific islands region.
Polynesia's richest store of life is found among the fish of the lagoons and open sea, including angelfish, bonito, butterflyfish, eels, groupers, harpfish, jacks, mahimahi, mullets, parrotfish, sharks, soldierfish, stingrays, surgeonfish, swordfish, trumpetfish, tuna, and countless more.
www.tahititravel.com /islands/geogra.html   (820 words)

  
 Unique Facts about Oceania: Basic Geography
Polynesia (from Greek, poly = many and nesos = island) is a large grouping of over 1,000 islands in the central and southern Pacific Ocean.
Geographically, Polynesia is a triangle with its three corners at Hawai'i, New Zealand, and Easter Island.
The Philippines lie to the west, Indonesia to the south west, Papua New Guinea and Melanesia to the south, and Polynesia to the south-east and east.
www.sheppardsoftware.com /Oceaniaweb/factfile/Unique-facts-Oceania1.htm   (933 words)

  
 French Polynesia Travel Guide
The islands of French Polynesia have long been acclaimed as the most beautiful in the South Pacific and perhaps in the world.
The atmosphere of French Polynesia that blends French sophistication and Polynesian gaiety always seems to surprise a visitor and makes him feel as if truly staying in paradise.
French Polynesia is a French overseas territory located in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, midway between Australia and North America.
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 World InfoZone - French Polynesia Information - Page 1
French Polynesia (Overseas Lands of France) is in the Pacific Ocean and consists of over a hundred islands and atolls.
In 2000 the presidency of French Polynesia relocated to the former Broche military quarters in Papeete, one of French Polynesia's historic French Colonial buildings.
The cuisine of French Polynesia is influenced by its ethnic groups: Polynesian, Chinese and French.
www.worldinfozone.com /country.php?country=FrenchPolynesia   (317 words)

  
 French Polynesia: History, Geography, Government, and Culture — FactMonster.com
French Polynesia - Map of French Polynesia & articles on flags, geography, history, statistics, disasters current events, and international relations.
French Polynesia - French Polynesia French Polynesia, officially Territory of French Polynesia, internally...
Atuona - Atuona Atuona or Atuana, town, in the Marquesas Islands, South Pacific, in French Polynesia.
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 French Polynesia: Islands
French Polynesia is made up of several islands in the Pacific Ocean, all of which are part of the French territory.
French Polynesia’s regional links in the Pacific have been growing in recent years to reflect its constitutional status as an autonomous territory.
French Polynesia has separate representation in the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) and in 1999 hosted the SPC Conference.
www.lycos.com /info/french-polynesia--islands.html   (494 words)

  
 Guide to French Polynesia - Overview   (Site not responding. Last check: )
It is the second-largest island in French Polynesia and is located 120 miles (193km) northwest of Tahiti.
Part of the allure of French Polynesia is the early reputation of its beautiful women, who were rumored to be quite accommodating to European explorers.
Polynesia was discovered by Dutch and Spanish explorers in the 16th and 17th centuries.
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 Geography of the French Polynesia
French and tahitian are the two officials languages, but English is also very fluently used in the hotels and the stores.
This islands, situated to the northeast of the territory of the French Polynesia, less developed on the tourist plan, attract a public of connoisseur.
Their geological aspect is different from the Islands of the Society in it that they are rather mountainous and don't have lagoon or reef.
www.polynesie-francaise.eu.com /polynesia-geography.htm   (986 words)

  
 Tahiti Travel Information | Lonely Planet Destination Guide
French Polynesia's busy port capital does have heavy rush-hour traffic and ugly concrete developments, but it also has a beautiful waterfront where yachts, ferries and cargo boats come and go, and a thriving market full of South Pacific atmosphere.
It was the spread of Christianity through French Polynesia that helped to make Tahitian, the dialect spoken on Tahiti, the most widespread dialect.
Tahiti is the economic, cultural and political centre of French Polynesia.
www.lonelyplanet.com /worldguide/destinations/pacific/tahiti-and-french-polynesia/tahiti?v=print   (1228 words)

  
 Education World® - *Social Sciences : Area Studies : Pacific / Oceania : French Polynesia
French Polynesia Emulate Me Check out a map of the islands, and make use of the links to learn about this French territory's economy and government.
French Polynesia Lonely Planet Map Take in the Marquesas, Tahiti and the Society Islands, the Astrals, and the Gambiers with this interactive map.
French Polynesian Islands View this extensive map of the French Polynesian islands in Oceania.
db.education-world.com /perl/browse?cat_id=5639   (445 words)

  
 French Polynesia
In 1966 the French built a nuclear test center on the atoll of Mururoa,1,200 kilometers southeast from the island of Tahiti.
According to the CIA Factbook Chinese are 12 percent of the population, local French 6 percent, the French from France 4 percent and Polynesians 78 percent.
The capital of French Polynesia, Papeete is a city of around 80,000, with traffic congestion, noise, with many poorly fed dogs wandering around.
www.fsmitha.com /world/tahiti.htm   (729 words)

  
 Polynesia explorers created worldwide web of scientific knowledge
Philibert Commerson was a French naturalist aboard Louis de Bougainville's world voyage of 1766-1769; Germany's George Forster accompanied his father on Captain James Cook's second voyage of 1772-1775; and Adelbert von Chamisso, a native of France, served as a naturalist on the Russian Rurik voyage of 1815-1818.
The first wave of travelers expected to find the same "natural" societies in Polynesia that had been discovered earlier in the Americas and "became the stuff of European stereotypes," Liebersohn said.
What they encountered, however, "defied their expectations": sophisticated societies, physical beauty, sexual freedom, tattoos, and ship and nautical skills that were different from anything they had known.
www.eurekalert.org /pub_releases/2006-08/uoia-pec080706.php   (968 words)

  
 French Polynesia. The World Factbook. 2003
The French annexed various Polynesian island groups during the 19th century.
Since 1962, when France stationed military personnel in the region, French Polynesia has changed from a subsistence agricultural economy to one in which a high proportion of the work force is either employed by the military or supports the tourist industry.
With the halt of French nuclear testing in 1996, the military contribution to the economy fell sharply.
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 The Infography about Travel in French Polynesia
French Polynesia's international carrier with service from Tahiti to Los Angeles, Paris, Tokyo, Osaka, Auckland, and Sydney.
The write-ups on the history, culture, geography, and economy are precise, and it's an excellent source of information on the outer islands.
For those who read French, this monthly magazine offers a style of informed and critical commentary quite unlike that seen in the daily press of the French territories.
www.infography.com /content/196393094582.html   (756 words)

  
 french poly research
Prior to the 1960s, French Polynesia's national economy was based on meager exports of copra, vanilla, coffee, and phosphate.
In 1993, the government of French Polynesia launched Le Pacte de Progres (The Pact of Progress), a ten-year economic development plan which aims to achieve local economic self-sufficiency based on tourism, agriculture, and fishing.
Responding to concerns about overfishing, the government is attempting to preserve one of the principal environments that tourist expect to experience in French Polynesia: the abundant underwater world of the tropical coral reef ecosystem.
www.isber.ucsb.edu /~blewalker/french_poly_research.htm   (1157 words)

  
 The Lightspan Network - sw
Topics covered are geography, people, government, economy, transportation, communications, military, and transnational issues.
Fact Sheet.' Everything else is in regular format and includes a country brief and information about Australian representation in French Polynesia.
French Polynesia Geography - Flags, Maps, Economy, Geography...
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 Educational Search Engine for K-12 Students and Teachers - AOL@SCHOOL
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 Gabon - Atlapedia Online
LOCATION and GEOGRAPHY: Gabon is located on the west coast of Africa.
It is bound by Congo to the northeast, east and south, Cameroon to the north, Equatorial Guinea to the northwest and the Atlantic Ocean to the west.
In early 1988 French newspapers were removed from circulation after they alleged Pres.
www.atlapedia.com /online/countries/gabon.htm   (1011 words)

  
 French Polynesia - Society Islands - Tahiti Tourism - Marquesas Islands - Polynesia - South Pacific Ocean
You will have access to newspapers from French Polynesia and you will find extensive travel and tourism information for French Polynesia and Tahiti.
Divided among five archipelagoes: the volcanic Society Islands, also called the islands under the wind (in the west) and the wind islands (in the east), with the well known island of Tahiti, the Tuamotu Archipelago, the Gambier Islands, the Marquesas Islands, and the coral Tubuai Islands (Austral Islands).
Founded in 1987, the French University of the Pacific has two university centers, one in New Caledonia, the other in French Polynesia.
www.nationsonline.org /oneworld/french_polynesia.htm   (965 words)

  
 French Polynesia Culture and Geography
After the abdication of Pomare V, in 1880, the islands, previously a protectorate of France, became French Polynesia—French Overseas Territory.
In their effort to tame and culture the people, the French Missionaries tried to wipe out a lot of the traditional Polynesian culture.
French Polynesia is part of the archipelago in the South Pacific Ocean.
www.paesionline.com /oceania/french_polynesia/culture_and_geography.asp   (239 words)

  
 Geometry.Net - Basic_F: French Polynesia Geography
GEOGRAPHY Location in the World Extended over a surface larger than Europe, the120 islands of French Polynesia barely represent 4000 km2 of land, ie less
Geography and Map of french polynesia geography and Map ofFrench Polynesia from the About Guide to Geography.
Geography Top of Page Location: Oceania, archipelago in the South Pacific Ocean, about one-half of the way from South America to Australia Geographic coordinates: 15 00 S, 140 00 W Map references: Oceania Area: total: 4,167 sq km (118 islands and atolls)
www.geometry.net /basic_f/french_polynesia_geography.php   (1201 words)

  
 BUBL LINK: Geography links
An insight into the French Polynesian islands, with news resources including radio stations and newspapers, weather reports, travel information such as airline schedules, and details of individual islands forming the winward and leeward groups.
The physical environment, mapping and satellite imaging, urban studies and planning, and the human environment are among the topics covered.
Lising of geography reference resources categorised by type, including dictionaries, encyclopaedias, handbooks, biographical information, maps, government publications, and statistical resources.
www.bubl.ac.uk /LINK/g/geographylinks.htm   (344 words)

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