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French Polynesia consists of five island groups: The Society Islands; The Marquesas Archipelago ("Hiva"); The Tuamotu Archipelago; The Austral Islands; and Mangareva (also known as the Gambier Islands). The five stars on the flag represent these five divisions. A similar flag for Mangareva is in use with horizontal white-light blue-white equalsized parallel stripes with five stars on it. Mangareva is, however, the smallest unit of the French Territory in both population and size.
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Journal du Pacifique Sud
Papeete, Tahiti, French Polynesia - 1920 Nautical Chart (Univ. of California at Berkeley)
The Tahiti Traveler
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The Islands of French Polynesia
French Polynesia is made up of several smaller groups of islands.
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