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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
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.
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