Countries in the South Pacific, also referred to as the Pacific Islands and Oceania, include American Samoa, the Cook and Solomon Islands, and Fiji. The southernmost nations in the Pacific exist primarily as islands, and are often referred to collectively as Oceania.Continue Reading
Other nations and islands in the south Pacific include Nauru, New Caledonia, Tokelau, French Polynesia, Tonga, Guam, Niue, the Northern Mariana Islands, Federated States of Micronesia and Tuvalu. Rounding out the list of South Pacific nations are Kiribati, Palau, Vanuatu, the Republic of the Marshall Islands, Pitcairn Island and the island of Wallis and Futuna.
Although the islands of the south Pacific are often grouped into the same economic and geopolitical zone, they are quite different in physical characteristics, such as size, and have different demographics. Historians generally believe that two distinct groups of migrants settled the region. The first group, which included Papuans, arrived in the area around 40,000years ago. The second wave of inhabitants arrived approximately 3,500 years ago, and made their homes in the outermost regions of Oceania. The influences of both groups have led to the creation of many types of languages, cultures and religions across the region.Learn more about South America
The South American countries that lie within the Tropic of Capricorn are Argentina, Brazil, Chile and Paraguay. Brazil is the only country in the world that crosses both the Equator and either tropic.Full Answer >
Significant events in the history of the islands of the South Pacific include the population by Polynesian groups between 2,000 B.C. and 800 A.D., the discovery and colonization by Europeans between 1600 and 1900, and the annexation or independence of the major islands between 1880 and 1980. The first inhabitants of the major islands travel by canoe from Southeast Asia and reach Australia and New Guinea by 2000 B.C.Full Answer >
Private Islands Online and Vladi Private Islands are two sources that list islands for sale in the South Pacific. The South Pacific, often called Oceana, is the area between Asia and the Americas, including Australia, New Zealand, Fiji, French Polynesia and Tonga. Oceana is home to thousands of volcanic and coral islands.Full Answer >
Google Maps provide a detailed map of several islands in the South Pacific and also includes satellite photos of those same islands. By using Google Maps zoom tool, map viewers can zoom into the individual islands to see additional details, such as towns, roadways, parks, beaches and airports.Full Answer >