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Society Islands

(Iles de la Société). S Pacific islands named on basis of Eng. rediscovery in the late 1760s, in honor of the Brit. Royal Soc. Previous names of Tahiti: King George's Is. (1767) and La Nouvelle Cythère (1768); Tahiti and adjacent islands were first called Georgian Island (1769). Area: ca. 650 sq. mi.; Part of Fr. Polynesia,* which became an overseas territory of Fr. 1946; E of Cook* Islands, SW of Marquesas Islands; include 14 islands, 8 inhabited (including Tahiti and Mooréa [or Eimeo]). Discovered 1607 by P. F. de Quirós.*

LMS began work 1797. King Pomare II was bap. 1812. The whole Bible in Tahitian was pub. 1838. Fr. protectorate est. 1843. The Paris* Ev. Miss. Soc. took the place of the LMS. See also Williams, John.

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