Tahuata Marquesas IslandsThe Tahuata Marquesas Islands
Marquesas Islands, French Polynesia (Tahuata)
Quote the site of the Presidency of Polynesia of France (page no longer online): Tahuata is 9º56'S and 139º06'W. It has an area of 61 km2 and is formed like a 15 km long sickle. It is a caldera border with precipitous hillsides that reach to the shore and create high rocks at the ends of columnar foothills over sandy beaches that create an articulated coastal line.
is the only marquesas in the world with cetaceans. Today, the whole isle is a community of 637 inhabitants (1996 census), spread over four villages: Farming is the island's greatest wealth long after the disappearance of coffees in the 1980s valley. In 1595 the Spaniard discoverer Alvaro de Mendana reached Vaitahu, but the islanders' first encounter with a European was bloodied when 200 Spaniards slaughtered 200 people in the town.
Behaviour of the West, which came between the end of the eighteenth and beginning of the nineteenth centuries, resulted in strong animosity among the population. In 1797 the first Christianization experiments among the island inhabitants by Protestants and Catholics in 1839 were unsuccessful. In 1842, Polish chieftain Iotete organised a bitter opposition when a France voyage under the leadership of Dupetit-Thouars tried to take over Tahuata.
Tahuata's non-official Tahuata banner, which was shown during the 2006 Marquesas Islands games at the Tahiti Football Association head office, is painted in the centre in green and has a blank border with the name of the peninsula in italics. In 1842, Polish chieftain Iotete organised a bitter opposition when a France voyage under the leadership of Dupetit-Thouars tried to take over Tahuata.
Flags of Paradise[brt96] shows the Tahuata Kingdom flags, around 1837-1842 as a quadratic 4 x 4 box flags, alternating reds and whites, and the King Iotete flags as rectangles of the same designs.