Loyalty Islands

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Loyalty Islands,

coral group (1989 pop. 17,900), S Pacific, a part 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 (2015 est. pop. 269,000), land area 7,241 sq mi (18,760 sq km), South Pacific, c.700 mi (1,130 km) E of Australia.
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. The group comprises three islands (Lifou, Maré, and Ouvéa) and many islets and has a total land area of c.800 sq mi (2,070 sq km). The chief exports are coconuts and copra.
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Loyalty Islands


(Loyauté) a group of coral islands and reefs in the Pacific Ocean (Melanesia), 100 km east of the French possession of New Caledonia, of which it is part. Area, 2,072 sq km. Population, about 14,000 (1963). Coconuts are grown on the islands, and copra is exported.

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