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Nouméa(no͞omāä`), town (1992 est. pop. 75,000), chief port and capital of the French overseas territory of New CaledoniaNew Caledonia,
Fr. Nouvelle Calédonie, officially Territory of New Caledonia and Dependencies, internally self-governing dependency of France (2014 pop. 268,767), land area 7,241 sq mi (18,760 sq km), South Pacific, c.700 mi (1,130 km) E of Australia.
..... Click the link for more information. , on New Caledonia island, South Pacific. Local industry, dominated by the nearby Doniambo nickel smelter, include cementworks, foods and beverages, agricultural processing, and apparel production. It was the site of a U.S. airfield in World War II. Nouméa is the seat of the SPC (formerly the South Pacific Commission), an international body formed in 1947 to promote the economic and social welfare of Pacific island people. On the town's outskirts is the Tjibaou Cultural Center, designed by Renzo Piano. The town was a French penal colony from 1864 to 1897.
the capital of New Caledonia, a French possession. Population, 57,800 (1971). Nouméa is a port on the Pacific Ocean. The chief industry is the smelting of nickel, and nickel, iron ore, and copra are exported through the port.