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Wuvulu Island

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Wuvulu Island

Location map, Wuvulu Island at top left

Wuvulu Island (also known as Mary Island, Matty, Maty Island, Tiger Island, Tiger-Inseln and Wuwulu) is part of the Western Islands of the Bismarck Archipelago in the western Pacific Ocean, part of Manus Province, Papua New Guinea. It is the westernmost island of the thirteen island groups that make up island chain in the archipelago.[1] It is an island of volcanic origin encircled by a coral reef with a maximum height of three meters (10 feet) above sea level.[2]

The people living on the island speak the Wuvulu-Aua language, a Western Admiralty Islands language, which is of Austronesian stock.

The first sighting by Europeans of Wuvulu Island was by the Spanish navigator Iñigo Órtiz de Retes on 27 July 1545 when on board of the carrack San Juan tried to return from Tidore to New Spain. He charted this island together with the nearby islands, Aua and Manu, as La Barbada (the bearded island in Spanish).[3][4]

See also


  1. ^ "The Wuvulu Web Site". Retrieved 2007-07-15. 
  2. ^ "Geography". Retrieved 2007-07-15. 
  3. ^ Coello, Francisco "Conflicto hispano-alemán" Boletín de Sociedad Geográfica de Madrid, t.XIX. 2º semestre 1885, Madrid, p.317.
  4. ^ Sharp, Andrew The discovery of the Pacific Islands Clarendon Press, Oxford, 1960, p.31.

External links

  • History of the Western Islands
  • Bowl, 19th–early 20th century Wuvulu Island
  • Area maps

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