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The Mystery Island
In 1791 George Vancouver found this place and called it Oparo. There are a number of old remains ("pa" or "pare", a kind of fort) scattering the entire archipelago, especially over cliffs and crags. There are similar remains on the bigger islands of Marotiri. Thor Heyerdahl conducted archaeological digs to find links between the two Rapas (the other Rapa is Rapa Nui, known as Easter Island).
In 1861, after the Easter Island tribe - which seems to have reached the Marquesas from Hiva - was almost wiped out by the Peruvian slaves, French colonists left Rapa for Easter Island in 1864 and took along farm labourers to work on estates and herds. That is why today's Easter Island Polynesians are known as Enata Rapa Nui ("People of Big Rapa") and have not forgot their origins, especially since the Catholic Easter Island missions depended on the Tahitian Vicariat until 1911.
Rapa has an area of about 40 square kilometres and consists of an old vulcano, Mount Perau, which is 650 metres high. In 1791 George Vancouver found this place and called it Oparo. There are a number of old remains ("pa" or "pare", a kind of fort) scattering the entire archipelago, especially over cliffs and crags.
There are similar remains on the bigger islands of Marotiri.
Iti Rapa: from Europe to the end of the world
There' is no Rapa Iti International Airports and it is 50 hrs by freighter from Tahiti. There are few vessels that go there, making Rapa Iti one of the most remote South Pacific Island, alongside Pitcairn and Easter Island. However, the inhabitants of this piece of paradise are also EU nationals.
It is the most southern habitable French Polynesian holiday resort and as it is an international French holiday destination, the inhabitants of Rapa Iti are also EU origin. About 400 persons inhabit the archipelago, among them many kids, who often run after a goat on the mountain, help out in the Tarofields or next to the oven, dive merrily in the dark waters of the cove and scare the shark away.
French Polynesia is part of France (but not on EU territory) and therefore has many advantages, such as 30 million in European Development Fund funding for the 2014-2020 years. The population can also take advantage of EU incentives such as the Erasmus+ program.
Tahiti Business School, run by the French Polynesian Chamber of Commerce (CCISM), has also established Erasmus alliances with European universities and business schools. But French Polynesia is far from being the only non-European area with close ties to the EU. For example, the so-called ultra-peripheral areas, which include the Canary Islands and French Guiana, are fully part of the EU.
The Falkland Islands, French Polynesia, New Caledonia, Wallis & Futuna and Aruba are also some of the areas and regions of the world. Some, such as Saint Barthélemy (overseas France), even belong to the Eurozone. Rapa Iti" in Polish means "Little Easter Island".
Easter Island (Rapa Nui) belongs to Chili, while the Little Easter Island (Rapa Iti) - its neighbour - belongs to French Polynesia, an international French state. So the people are European citizens. Consultant for Europe and PR strategist.