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- An island group of French Polynesia in the southern Pacific Ocean east of Samoa. The group is made up of the Windward Islands and the Leeward Islands. First visited by a Portuguese navigator in the early 17th century, the islands were claimed for France by Louis Antoine de Bougainville in 1768 and named by Capt. James Cook in 1769. They became a French protectorate in 1843 and a part of the overseas territory of French Polynesia in 1946.
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- proper n. A group of islands in the South Pacific; part of French Polynesia.
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- n. an island group of French Polynesia in the South Pacific to the east of Samoa
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She had learnt Otaheitan, she lectured about the bread-fruit, and she played upon a barbarous thrum-thrum, the only musical instrument in those savage wastes, ironically called the Society Islands, because there is no society.
Otaheite, though not comprehended in the number of what we have called the Society Islands, being inhabited by the same race of men, agreeing in the same leading features of character and manners, it was fortunate, that we happened to discover this principal island before the others; as the friendly and hospitable reception we there met with, of course, led us to make it the principal place of resort, in our successive visits to this part of the Pacific Ocean.
The only formal reserves in the Society Islands is the 10-km2 conservation area on Mt. Mara’u, Tahiti and the Fa’aiti Natural Park on Tahiti.
A case in point is the near-destruction of the Partula snails of the Society Islands by the intentionally introduced carnivorous snail Euglandina rosea more info.
While this species is also found in the Society Islands, it is unclear if its presence on Aitutaki is the result captives transported by Polynesians.
Notes on birdlife and nature conservation in the Marquesas and Society Islands.
Society Islands tropical moist forests - Encyclopedia of Earth
The Society Islands are strikingly beautiful volcanic and coral islands supporting hundreds of endemic species.
The Society Islands comprise a chain of high volcanic islands extending from 16º to 18º S latitude and 148º to 154º W longitude.
The Society Islands range in age from Mehetia which is less than 1 million years old, to Moorea at 1.5 million to 2 million years old, to the leeward atolls which are at least 4.5 million years old.