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Society Islands (French Polynesia)

LC control 85124182
Geographic headingSociety Islands (French Polynesia)
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Geographic subdivision usageFrench Polynesia--Society Islands
Variant(s)Archipel de la Société (French Polynesia)
Archipel de Tahiti (French Polynesia)
Îles de la Société (French Polynesia)
Société, Îles de la (French Polynesia)
Society Islands
Tahiti Archipelago (French Polynesia)
See alsoArchipelagoes--French Polynesia
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Found inGEOnet names server, Aug. 27, 1996 (Society Islands see Société, Iles de la, isls, 17°00ʹS 150°00ʹW)
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GEOnet, Aug. 10, 2011 (Society Islands (Conventional); Société, Îles de la (Approved); variants: Gesellschafts Inseln; Óbshchestva, Ostrová; Tahiti, Archipel de; islands, French Polynesia, ADM1: French Polynesia (general); 17°00ʹ00ʺS 150°00ʹ00ʺW -17° -150°)
Wikipedia, Aug. 10, 2011 (The Society Islands (French: Îles de la Société or officially Archipel de la Société) are a group of islands in the South Pacific Ocean. They are politically part of French Polynesia. The archipelago is generally believed to have been named by Captain James Cook in honor of the Royal Society, the sponsor of the first British scientific survey of the islands; however, Cook states in his journal that he called the islands Society "as they lay contiguous to one another." The islands are divided, both geographically and administratively into two groups: Windward Islands (Îles du Vent) - Mehetia; Tahiti; Tetiaroa; Moorea; Maiao; Leeward Islands (Îles Sous-le-Vent) - Huahine; Raiatea; Tahaa; Bora Bora; Tupai; Maupiti; Mopelia; Motu One (Bellinghausen); Manuae. Coordinates: 17°32ʹS 149°50ʹW)