New Caledonia

New Caledonia

[kal-i-doh-nee-uh, -dohn-yuh]
noun
1.
an island in the S Pacific, about 800 miles (1290 km) E of Australia. 6224 sq. mi. (16,120 sq. km).
2.
an overseas territory of France comprising this island and other smaller islands: formerly a penal colony. 131,665; 7200 sq. mi. (18,650 sq. km). Capital: Nouméa.
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New Caledonia
 
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French name: Nouvelle-Calédonie an island in the SW Pacific, east of Australia: forms, with its dependencies, a French Overseas Country; discovered by Captain Cook in 1774; rich mineral resources. Capital: Nouméa. Pop: 232 000 (2004 est). Area: 19 103 sq km (7374 miles)

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