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Raiatea is the second largest of the Society Islands, a group of islands in the South Pacific Ocean, right behind Tahiti. It is politically and legally part of French Polynesia. The Society Islands were named this because of how they sit contiguous to one another. These islands have been split into two groups, the Windward Islands and the Leeward Islands. Treason for this split was both for geographic reasons and administrative reasons.

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These islands are located in the South Pacific Ocean, became a French protectorate in 1843, and a colony in 1880. They had a population in 2012 of 235,295 inhabitants and in total the islands cover up 1,590 square kilometers or 610 miles. Raiatea is the homeland of the Maori people. Raiatea is enclosed by a single coral reef, and some believe that Raiatea and the neighboring island, Taha’a, could have at on point been one island.

This islands main exports have to do with agricultural exports like vanilla, pineapple, and coconuts. The Fa’aroa Valley is a large and important agricultural region with the rural economy and the cultivation of livestock. If you are looking for adventure on the sea then you might want to mark this island on your map!

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