Gambier Islands

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=== Historical Background  ===
 
=== Historical Background  ===
  
'''1000 -1400 '''Native inhabitants on Mangareva deforested the once richly forested  island by using almost all of the timber.
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'''1000 -1400 '''Native inhabitants on Mangareva deforested the once richly forested  island by using almost all of the timber.  
  
'''1500-1800 C'''ivil war and cannibalism bring the population down to about 3,000.
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'''1500-1800 C'''ivil war and cannibalism are found on the islans, due to lack of vegetation.
  
'''1823''' Frederick Beechey enters the lagoon of the Gambier Islands. <br>'''1834''' A Catholic mission is begun on Manngareva by Belgian Jesuit priests.&nbsp; Over a two-year period, Islanders build a&nbsp;large cathedral from crushed coral.
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'''1800-1850 '''Whaler ships visit the islands..  
  
'''1836 '''Jesuit priestss leave for Tahiti.
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'''1823''' Frederick Beechey enters the lagoon of the Gambier Islands. <br>'''1834''' A Catholic mission is begun on Manngareva by Belgian Jesuit priests.&nbsp; Over a two-year period, Islanders build a&nbsp;large cathedral from crushed coral.  
  
'''1841''' Hurricane in the Gambier Islands.  
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'''1836 '''Jesuit priestss leave for Tahiti.  
  
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'''1841''' Hurricane in the Gambier Islands.
  
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=== Research Tools  ===
 
=== Research Tools  ===

Revision as of 18:56, 8 June 2009

Mangareva Cathederal. Successful Jesuit priests from the Gambier Islands moved on to Tahiti.
Pacific Island Guide  >  French Polynesia  >  Gambier Islands

General Information

Gambier Islands or Mangareva. These atolls have a population of about 6,500 people. Whaling ships stopped here in the 19th century. One of the last strongholds of cannibalism, overzealous missionaries worked the population to death. The majority are Protestant. LDS Missionaries have begun to work here.

They are: Mangareva (Pearl), Taravai (Belcher), Temoe, Aukena (Elson), and Akamaru (Wainwright)

Historical Background

1000 -1400 Native inhabitants on Mangareva deforested the once richly forested  island by using almost all of the timber.

1500-1800 Civil war and cannibalism are found on the islans, due to lack of vegetation.

1800-1850 Whaler ships visit the islands..

1823 Frederick Beechey enters the lagoon of the Gambier Islands.
1834 A Catholic mission is begun on Manngareva by Belgian Jesuit priests.  Over a two-year period, Islanders build a large cathedral from crushed coral.

1836 Jesuit priestss leave for Tahiti.

1841 Hurricane in the Gambier Islands.


Research Tools

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