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How the Islands were named in Oceania

“Much have I travell’d in the realms of gold, And many goodly states and kingdoms seen; Round many western islands have I been…” - John Keats

Have you ever wondered how the islands of Oceania, including Bali, Taiwan and Hawaii, were named by explorers such as Captain James Cook and John Byron? Many were named in honour of Lords or the discoverers themselves; some took the local language for more descriptive terms including ‘beautiful’ or ‘the reefs’.

Which islands do you think were originally called Sandwich, Sequeira Isles and Society Isles?

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