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GOTO ISLANDS

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Originally appearing in Volume V12, Page 277 of the 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica.
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GOTO ISLANDS [GoTo RETTO, GoTT0I, a group of islands belonging to Japan, lying west of Kiushiu, in 330 N., 129° E. The southern of the two principal islands, Fukae-shima, measures 17 M. by 132; the northern, Nakaori-shima, measures 23 M. by 72. These islands lie almost in the direct route of steamers plying between Nagasaki and Shanghai, and are distant some 5o M. from Nagasaki. Some dome-shaped hills command the old castle-town of Fukae. The islands are highly cultivated; deer and other game abound, and trout are plentiful in the mountain streams. A majority of the inhabitants are Christians.
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