from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • A volcanic island of Papua New Guinea in the Solomon Islands of the southwest Pacific Ocean. It was discovered by Louis de Bougainville in 1768.
  • Bougainville, Louis Antoine de 1729-1811. French explorer who circumnavigated the globe (1766-1769) with a crew that included astronomers and naturalists.

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  • n. French explorer who circumnavigated the globe accompanied by scientists (1729-1811)
  • n. the largest of the Solomon Islands; a province of Papua New Guinea


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  • In 1997, he was deported from Papua New Guinea after an aborted bid to crush the rebel movement in Bougainville.

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  • Bougainville, which is blockaded by Papua New Guinea.

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  • Reporters are banned from Bougainville, which is blockaded by Papua New Guinea.

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  • And on Bougainville, which is not an atoll, the local government has reported losses of coastline 20 metres across in low-lying areas. news, business, sport, the Daily Telegraph newspaper, Sunday Telegraph

  • The voyage visits the Trobriand Islands - the famous 'Islands of Love' - to witness harvest dances performed in elaborate costumes; retraces the journeys of explorers such as Bougainville and Cook and the World War II history of Madang and Alotau, where Australian forces fought off the Japanese offensive.

  • Bougainville discovered it and named it from the natives.


  • Bougainville, in the Solomons, and if this line be bisected at two degrees south of the equator by a line drawn from Ukuor, in the Carolines, the high island of Fuatino will be raised in that sun-washed stretch of lonely sea.


  • This primitivist terrain has been with us at least since the eighteenth century when Bougainville published illustrations of those charming and elegant Tahitians, Rousseau found man good in his native state, and Marie Antoinette played milkmaid at Versailles.

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  • Unfortunately, the closest mainland is Bougainville Island, which is still traumatized by a civil war that ended in 1997 after causing thousands of deaths.

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  • Here, it would seem, is the paradise French men had been fantasizing about since Louis-Antoine de Bougainville visited Tahiti in the mid -18th century and returned with a romanticized vision of a simple society, filled with happy people, untroubled by civilization and its discontents.

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