Rennell and Bellona Province


Rennell and Bellona Province

Infobox Solomon Islands Province
name = Rennell and Bellona Province
capital = Tigoa
area = 671
arearank = 8th
population = 2,377
population_as_of = 1999
populationrank = 9th
density = 3.5
densityrank = 9th
isocode =
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Rennell and Bellona is a province of the Solomon Islands comprised of two inhabited atolls, Rennell and Bellona, or Mu Nggava and Mu Ngiki respectively in Polynesian, as well as the uninhabited Indispensable Reef.

Rennell and Bellona are both Polynesian-inhabited islands within the Solomons, most of the islands being primarily Melanesian with a few Polynesian islands. They are thus considered Polynesian outliers.

The atolls were officially discovered by Mathew Boyd of Camberwell, London, Commander of the merchant ship, "Bellona", in 1793. The province has a combined population of 2,377 (1999). The Samoic language of the islands is, in English texts, called "Rennell". The capital is Tigoa on Rennell Island.

References

* [http://solomonislands.com.sb/rennell.html]
* [http://solomonislands.com.sb/bellona.html]



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