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Introduction:

The Gilbert Islands became a British protectorate in 1892 and a colony in 1915; they were captured by the Japanese in the Pacific War in 1941. The islands of Makin and Tarawa were the sites of major US amphibious victories over entrenched Japanese garrisons in 1943.

The Gilbert Islands were granted self-rule by the UK in 1971 and complete independence in 1979 under the new name of Kiribati. The US relinquished all claims to the sparsely inhabited Phoenix and Line Island groups in a 1979 treaty of friendship with Kiribati.

 

Kiribati Flag
Flag

Kiribati Emblem
Emblem

Quick Facts

Population:
109,367 (July 2018 est.)

Map Reference:
Oceania
Area:
total= 811 sq km

Government:
Republic
Capital:
Tarawa

Internet Code:
.ki

Airports:
19 (2013)

Websites

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Wikipedia
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Kiribati Locater
Locater

Kiribati Map
Map

Astronaut Image

Astronaut Image
KIRIBATI
Mission/Frame: STS065-102-87
Spacecraft Altitude: 162 nautical miles (300 km)
Features:
ABAIANG & TARAWA ATOLLS

 

 

 

 

 

   

Source: CIA The World Factbook

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