Witu Islands

Witu Islands:

see Vitu IslandsVitu Islands
, volcanic group, 37 sq mi (96 sq km), in the Bismarck Archipelago, part of Papua New Guinea. Garove and Unea are the largest islands. The group is the chief copra center of Papua New Guinea. Formerly called the French Islands, the group is sometimes known as the Witu Islands.
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Emery writes in late 1945 that extensive prewar trade networks existed between the Kove, Bakovi and Witu Islands, the latter exchanging pigs and dogs with the Kove and Bakovi for 'rope tambu, tortoiseshell, Kuruki nuts [TP: kuruke, 'pandanus] and money.' Emery observes that, Due to cessation of trade due to war, supplies from these sources are very short.