Introduction of Society-Islands
Island group and overseas territory in W FrenchPolynesia, S Pacific Ocean. The Tahitian city of Papeeteis the capital, and Tahiti the most importantisland . First reported by the Portuguese navigatorPedro Fernand es de Quieros in 1607, they wereclaimed for Great Britain by Samuel Wallis in 1767and for France by Louis de Bougainville in 1768. Theywere next visited and named by Captain Cook in 1769on his Endeavour expedition. Made a protectorate ofFrance in 1843, the island s became a colony in 1880and were made an overseas territory in 1946.One of the Solomon Island s, in the W Pacific Ocean.It was controlled by Germany from 1886 to 1899. AJapanese military base was developed at Rekata Bayon the NW coast during World War II until 1943.