from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- A French overseas territory in the southwest Pacific Ocean consisting of the island of New Caledonia and several smaller islands. The island of New Caledonia was discovered and named by Capt. James Cook in 1774 and annexed by France in 1853. It was a penal colony from 1864 to 1894. Nouméa is the territorial capital. Population: 222,000.
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- proper n. Overseas territory of France in Oceania. Official name: Territory of New Caledonia and Dependencies.
- proper n. A district of the west coast of British North America traded by the Hudson's Bay Company. It became the colony of British Columbia in 1858.
- proper n. A short-lived (1698-1700) Scottish colony in Panama, around Darien (which was renamed New Edinburgh as its capital)
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- n. an island to the to the east of Australia and to the north of New Zealand
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The inhabitants of what was to be called New Caledonia were beset by flux and fever, by assaults from the Spanish, by shortage of provisions and by an English trade embargo.
LICHTMAN: Imagine you are a New Caledonian crow, which looks a lot like a regular crow, but you happen to live on the island of New Caledonia, which is pretty good.
Funding conservation work in the hotspot is difficult, because agencies like the World Bank and the European Union will not designate money for work in New Caledonia, which is technically part of France.
This will be the first visit by a member of the Rudd Government to the French collectivity of New Caledonia, which is one of our nearest neighbours in the Pacific region.
Terra del Espiritu Santo of Quiros; * but, from the prevailing winds, it would appear more likely to have been drifted from New Caledonia, which island at that time was unknown to him; the fresh appearance of the coconut seen by us renders, however, even this conclusion doubtful;
The settlement was called New Caledonia; and the directors having taken every precaution for its security, entered into negotiations with the independent Indians in the neighbourhood, by whom it is believed that the tenure of the "Scots Company" was sanctioned.
Shortly afterwards, other posts were founded and a brisk trade carried on in the northern interior, which was long called New Caledonia, and comprised at one time the basin of the Thompson, discovered in 1808 by the astronomer-geographer David
The French have possession of the island of New Caledonia, which is not very far from here, and is a convenient place of rendezvous for them.
Connolly is bound for Fort St. James on Lake Stuart in the northern interior of what is now British Columbia, but was then called New Caledonia; he is already a chief factor and is in charge of that District.
Lieutenant, Mr. Gore, picked up at the Endeavour River, and which was covered with barnacles, came from the Terra del Espiritu Santo of Quiros; but from the prevailing winds it would appear more likely to have been drifted from New Caledonia, which island was at that time unknown to him; the fresh appearance of the cocoa-nut seen by us renders, however, even this conclusion doubtful; Captain Flinders also found one as far to the south as Shoal Water Bay.