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Society Islands

Relief map of Society Islands

The Society Islands were the heart of French Polynesia and included the fabled island of Tahiti. The group was further subdivided into the Leeward Islands  to the west (which included Bora Bora) and the Georgian Group to the east (which included Tahiti and Makatea.) The Leeward Islands had a population of about 9500 and the Georgian Group had a population of about 20,000 persons.

The island government aligned itself with the Free French after the fall of metropolitan France in 1940.  At the outbreak of war in the Pacific, the United States was developing a refueling station at Bora Bora.

References

Rottman (2002)



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