Society Islands

Society Islands

Infobox Islands
name = Society Islands

image caption = Tahiti
image size =

native name = Îles de la Société
native name link = French language
nickname =
location = Pacific Ocean
coordinates = coord|17|32|S|149|50|W|type:isle|display=title
archipelago = Society Islands
total islands =
major islands = Tahiti, Moorea, Raiatea, Bora Bora, Huahine
area = 1590 km²
highest mount = Mont Orohena
elevation = 2241 m
country = France
country admin divisions title = Overseas collectivity
country admin divisions = French Polynesia
country capital city = Papeete
country largest city = Papeete
country largest city population = 131,695 urban
country leader title =
country leader name =
population = 227,807 fr icon cite web| url=| title=Recensement de la population 2007| author=Institut Statistique de Polynésie Française (ISPF)|format=PDF|accessdate=2007-12-02]
population as of = Aug. 2007 census
density = 143
ethnic groups =
additional info =

The Society Islands (French: "Îles de la Société" or officially "Archipel de la Société") are a group of islands in the south Pacific, administratively part of French Polynesia. The archipelago is generally believed to have been named by Captain James Cook in honor of the Royal Society, 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" [Horwitz, Tony. Oct. 2003, "Blue Latitudes: Boldly Going Where Captain Cook Has Gone Before", Bloomsbury, ISBN 0-7475-6455-8] .

The islands are divided geographically, politically and administratively into two groups:
*Windward Islands (Îles du Vent) (listed from east to west)
*Leeward Islands (Îles Sous-le-Vent)
**Bora Bora
**Motu One (Bellinghausen)

The islands became a French protectorate in 1843 and a colony in 1880. They have a population of 227,807 inhabitants (as of August 2007 census). They cover a land area of 1,590 km² (614 sq. miles).


External links

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