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Tatakoto (Tuamotu and Gambier Islands, French Polynesia)

Last modified: 2016-11-23 by ivan sache
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Flag of Tatakoto - Image by Juan Manuel Gabino Villascán, 13 May 2016


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Presentation of Tatakoto

Quoting the website of the Presidency of French Polynesia (page no longer online):

Tatakoto is located 1,182 km from the island of Tahiti and some 180 km from the nearest inhabited atolls of Vahitahi and Puka Puka; Tatakoto is undoubtedly one of the most remote atolls in the Tuamotu Archipelago as well as all of French Polynesia.
Two Spanish explorers - Domingo de Boenechea and Andiay Varela - sighted Tatakoto independently of each other on the same day in 1774, becoming the atoll's first European discoverers. From 1900 to 1927 Frenchman Albert Javelot served as the atoll's chief, planting the atoll with coconut trees that still cover the atoll today. The 1996 census recorded a population of 247 persons.

Ivan Sache, 13 May 2016


Flag of Tatakoto

The flag of Tatakoto (photo, Tahitian Football Federation) is vertically divided red-white with the name of the island written in black capital letters.

Juan Manuel Gabino Villascán & Ivan Sache, 13 May 2016