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First posted on July 9th 2002, last revised on October 24th 2010

The islands belonging to French Polynesia were settled between the 4th and 9th century A.D. The European discovery took place between the early 16th and the late 18th century; Tahiti was found in 1767 and, having gained a reputation for hospitality, soon attracted more visitors, who were followed by Catholic and Protestant missionaries.
In 1842 France declared Tahiti and Tahuata a French protectorate; by 1889 this had been expanded to include all of French Polynesia, then called "Etablissements (Français) de l'Oceanie". In 1946 the Polynesians were granted full French citizenship and the Etablissements Français de l'Oceanie were elevated to French overseas territory. In 1946 the name was changed to French Polynesia. Autonomy was introduced in 1977 & 1984; the status was elevated to French overseas collectivity in 2004.

Timeline : French Polynesia

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Country Profiles from BBC Country Profiles; from Wikipedia; from Wikipedia French edition, from CIA World Factbook, Countries : New Caledonia
from Index Mundi
Jane's Tahiti Home Page
Links General from dmoz
Category : French Polynesia, from Wikipedia
Categorie : Polynesie française, from Wikipedia French edition
on History Category : History of French Polynesia, from Wikipedia
Categorie : Histoire de la Polynesie française, from Wikipedia French edition
Organizations Pacific History Association
Pacific Islands Museums and Cultural Institutions Association (PIMA)
Pacific Islands Study Circle (Philately)
La Societe des Oceanistes
La Societe des Etudes Oceaniennes
Historical Dictionaries Archaeopedia New Zealand
Accounts of History Article : French Polynesia : History, from Wikipedia
Article : Histoire de la Polynesie française, from Wikipedia French edition
History of French Polynesia, from Lonely Planet
M. Russell, Polynesia: a history of the South Sea islands, including New Zealand ; with narrative of the introduction of christianity, 1852, GB
Politics Political Resources on the Web : French Polynesia; Governments on the WWW : Polynesia, French; Article Politics of French Polynesia, from Wikipedia
Article : Politique de la Polynesie française, from Wikipedia French edition
Economy & Finances Article Economy of French Polynesia, from Wikipedia
Article : Economie de la Polynesie française, from Wikipedia French edition
La Polynesie française et les perles : une longe histoire, from Futura Sciences, in French
Ch.5 : Agroforestry in Polynesia, in W.C. Clarke et al., Agroforestry in the Pacific Islands
Social History Article : French Polynesia, from Education Encyclopedia
Ethnography Languages of French Polynesia (9), from Ethnologue
World Directory of Minorities and Indigenous Peoples : French Polynesia
Religion Chronology of Catholic Dioceses : Marquesas, Tahiti, from Kirken i Norge
History of Regions
Local History
Institutions French Polynesia, from Airline History
Biographies Pacific Islander Biography, database maintained at ANU
Others Oceania Ecoregion, from WWF

Historical Data Lists of Statesmen World Statesmen : French Polynesia, by Ben Cahoon
Lists of Consuls Political Graveyard : French Polynesia, has incomplete list of U.S. consuls
Lists of Bishops Articles : Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Papeete, Roman Catholic Diocese of Taiohae o Tefenuaenata, from Wikipedia
Population Figures Historical Population Statistics : French Polynesia, from Population Statistics, by Jan Lahmeyer
Documents Historical Newspapers Search Papers Past (New Zealand Newspapers 1839-1920)
Historic Australian Newspapers 1803-1954
World History Archives : Polynesia; look under Tahiti
Life Magazine 1936-1972, GB, 6 entries for French Polynesia, 228 entries for Tahiti
Modern Newspapers links from Online Newspapers
Image Databanks Systematic Collections
Systematic Collections
Accidental Collections
Universal Collections
Items on French Polynesia
License Plates, from Francoplaque
Images of Tahiti, from Pacific Picture Agency
Airline Timetable Images : French Polynesia
Video Documentaries Search INA for Polynesie Francaise
Archival Deposits Archives Nationales d'Outre Mer
Search Archives New Zealand for French Polynesia
Constitutions, Laws
Document Collections Discours de la Reine de Tahiti, a l'Ouverture de l'Assemblee Legislative, 1860, pp.1293-1294 1860-1861, 1868, GB
Discours de la Reine de Tahiti, a l'Ouverture de l'Assemblee Legislative, 1861, pp.1192- in vol.52 of British and foreign state papers, 1861-1862, 1868, GB
Historical Maps Oceania Maps, from Perry Castaneda Map Collection, UTexas; scroll down for French Polynesia
Papeete Harbour, 1920, Nautical Chart, at Berkeley
Encyclopedia Entries
Secular Articles Tahiti, Society Islands, Marquesas, from Encyclopaedia Britannica 1911 edition
Religious Article Tahiti, from Catholic Encyclopedia, 1912 edition
Geographical Die Marquesas Inseln, pp.243-245, Die Gesellschafts- oder Societätsinseln, pp.185-215 in vol.6 of J.B. Schütz, Allgemeine Erdkunde für denkende und gebildete Leser, 1806, GB
Marquesas, pp.697-699 in vol.2 of A system of geography, 1807, GB
Society Islands, pp.688-697 in vol.2 of A system of geography, 1807, GB
Society Islands, pp.630-638 in C. Malte-Brun, Universal Geography, 1822, GB
Marquesas, pp.639-643 in C. Malte-Brun, Universal Geography, 1822, GB
Society Islands, pp.158-159 in vol.3 of H. Murray et al., The encyclopaedia of geography, 1837, GB
Mendana Archipelago, pp.162-163 in vol.3 of H. Murray et al., The encyclopaedia of geography, 1837, GB
The Marquesas, pp.978-992 in A.G. Findlay, A Directory for the Navigation of the Pacific Ocean, 1851, GB
Society Islands, pp.875-895 in A.G. Findlay, A Directory for the Navigation of the Pacific Ocean, 1851, GB
Society Islands pp.363-370 in J.S. Cooper, The islands of the Pacific; their peoples and their products 1888, IA
The Society Islands, pp.510-518 in F.H.H. Guillemard, Malaysia and the Pacific Archipelagoes, vol.2 of Stanford's Compendium of Geography and Travel, 1894, IA
Ethnographical Iles de la Societe, pp.472-473 in X. Heuschling, Manual de statistique ethnographique universelle, 1847, in French, GB
Historical Archipel de Taïti, pp.1-20 in vol.2 of G.L.D. de Rienzi, L'Univers: histoire et description de tous les peuples, 1837, in French, GB
Taïti, pp.463-470 in H. Belloc, Histoires d'Amerique, et d'Oceanie, depuis les temps les plus recules jusqu'a nos jours 1844, IA
Society Islands, pp.305-306 in S.G. Goodrich, Peter Parley's common school history, 1853, GB
Society Islands, p.417 in vol.2 of S. Maunder, The history of the world, 1856, GB
Parliamentary Debates Hansard (British Parliament)
Tour Guides, Travelogues
Exhibition Catalogues Official Catalogue of the Great Exhibition of the Works of Industry of All Nations 1851, GB; Society Islands p.302
Institutions Archives, Musea, Libraries Territoire de Polynesie Française, from Archives de France
Official Symbols Flags, Coats of Arms Flag, from FOTW
Anthem, from David's National Anthem Reference Page
Coins, Banknotes Banknotes of the French Pacific Territories, of Tahiti, from World Currency Museum; of Tahiti, of French Oceania & French Polynesia, from Ron Wise's World Paper Money
Stamps Stamps of the French Oceanic Settlements, 1893-1916, from Stamps Catalogue 1840-1920 by Evert Klaseboer; subfile on Tahiti

Bibliographies general Search ISBN Database
general bibliographies pp.281-365 in R.D. Craig, Historical Dictionary of Polynesia, Lanham Md : Scarecrow 2002 [G]
Tennessee Archaeology Net : Bibliographies for Anthropological Research : Australia and Oceania
Online Libraries General Gutenberg Library Online, Internet Archive
Persee (French search engine)
Online Journals On Oceania Journal of the Polynesian Society 1892-1991
Pacific Studies, IA
Bulletin of the Indo-Pacific Prehistory Association 1979-
Journal de la Societe des Oceanistes, 1945-2009 online
The Contemporary Pacific 2000-2013
On Mission Mission Periodicals Online, from Yale Univ. Library
Magazin für die neueste Geschichte der evangelischen Missions- und Bibelgesellschaften 1818, 1820, 1824, 1827, 1831, 1832, 1836, 1837, 1838, 1841, 1850, 1853, 1867 GB; 1818-1856 from Yale Univ. Library
Church Missionary Society (London), Missionary Register, GB; search for Tonga, Friendly Islands vol.11 1823, vol.12 1824, vol.14 1826, vol.16 1828, vol.17 1829, vol.20 1832, vol.30 1842, vol.36 1848, vol.38 1850
London Missionary Society, The Missionary Magazine and Chronicle, 1860, 1862, 1864-I, IA; 1848-1866 at Yale Univ. Library (full view)
Annales de la propagation de la foi 1834-1933, Gallica
Historiography Article : Pacific Islands Historiography, by K.R. Howe, pp.685-687, in vol.2 of A Global Encyclopedia of Historical Writing, NY 1998 [G]
General Accounts On Oceania Encyclopaedia Britannica, 15th edition, Macropaedia, Vol.25, pp.266-269 Article Pacific Islands : New Caledonia. KMLA Lib.Sign. R 032 B862h v.25
On New Caledonia
Historical Dictionaries R.D. Craig and F.P. King, Historical Dictionary of Oceania, Westport CT : Greenwood 1981 [G]
R.D. Craig, Historical Dictionary of Polynesia, Lanham Md : Scarecrow 2002 [G]
Historical Atlas Colin McEvedy, The Penguin Historical Atlas of the Pacific, London : Penguin 1998, 120 pp. [G]
Statistical Data IHS : B.R. Mitchell, International Historical Statistics. Africa, Asia & Oceania 1750-2000, London : Palgrave 2003 [G]

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