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LOUISIADE ARCHIPELAGO

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Originally appearing in Volume V17, Page 53 of the 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica.
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LOUISIADE ARCHIPELAGO, a chain of islands in the Pacific Ocean, extending south-eastward from the easternmost promontory of New Guinea, and included in the Australian territory of Papua (British New Guinea). The islands number over eighty, and are interspersed with reefs. They are rich in tropical forest products, and gold has been discovered on the chief island, Tagula or South-east (area 38o sq. m.) and on Misima or St Aignan. The natives are of Papuan type, and practise cannibalism. The islands were probably observed by Torres in 16o6, but were named by L. A. de Bougainville in 1768 after Louis XV.
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