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PHOENIX ISLANDS

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Originally appearing in Volume V21, Page 458 of the 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica.
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PHOENIX ISLANDS, a group of eight small islands in the Pacific Ocean, about 3° S., and 172° W., belonging to Great Britain. They have a land area about 16 sq. m. and a population of 6o. Their names are Phoenix, Gardner (Kemin), Hull, Sydney, Birnie, Enderbury, Canton (Mary) and McKean. To the north-west of the group (between the equator and 1° N.) lie two more islets—Baker and Howland. The islands were annexed by Great Britain in 1889-1882.
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