Tahiti

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Angel Washington
2nd blk.
3/26/12
Tahiti

GEOGRAPHY
Tahiti is the largest island apart of the windward islands of French Polynesia in the Archipelago group of islands which can be found in the south, in the Pacific Ocean. It is between South America and Australia. The beginnings of Tahiti started from volcanic activity carved with a lot of surrounding mountains and coral reefs. Tahiti has a very tropical climate but, moderate at the same time, with the average being around 81 year long. Since the island has no winter, their season consists mostly with rain instead of snow in the peak of January. The capital of Tahiti is Papeete which means “Water from a basket.” It is the center of Tahiti with its private government, commercial, industrial and financial services that are all based here in the capital. This capital was settled by Polynesians from Samoa and Tonga around the years 300 C.E and 800 C.E. HISTORY

A couple hundred years after the Samoans and Tonga’s settled European communications with Tahiti started. In 1521 a Portuguese explorer named Ferdinand Magellan spotted several islands among the archipelago. Later on the French explorer Louis Antonie de Bougainville visited the island as well. Not a lot came from their voyage to Tahiti. Not until the British explorer James Cook came and observed Tahiti in 1769 and was the one to give the island it’s name while on his visit to see the view of the transit of Venus, they set up a camp on Matavai Bay to look for it. Then, on a later voyage he came back to Matavai and decided to change its name to Tautira Bay which is sometimes called Cooks Anchorage. A little while after news of the island reached into Europe. A French statesman François Guizot was supported by the king to give formal notice of the state in 1844. This was during the war which would continue until late 1847. The island would remain a territory protected by the French until June 29th 1880, when the dependencies of Tahiti were all handed to...
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