The World Factbook: Background: :: 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...read more [Source: The World Factbook] Wikipedia: Kiribati ([kɪribas] KIRR-i-bas or ˌkɪrəˈbɑdi; Gilbertese: [ˈkiɾibas]), officially the Independent and Sovereign Republic of Kiribati, is an island nation in the central tropical Pacific Ocean. The permanent population is just over 100,000 (2011) on 800 square kilometres (310 sq mi). The nation is composed of 32 atolls and one raised coral island, Banaba, dispersed over 3.5 million square kilometres, (1,351,000 square miles) straddling the equato...read more [Source: Wikipedia]
Expertise (alphabetical order)
Official WebsitesUNESCO - Phoenix Islands Protected Area...Ministry of Finance and Economic Developme...Kiribati Climate Change (Office of the Pre...
Libraries and ArchivesKiribati Campus Library of the University ...Kiribati National Library and Archives...Kiribati Parliamentary Library...
Museum CollectionsAmerican Museum of Natural History...Australian Museum...Bernice Pauahi Bishop Museum...
Health and Health ResearchCommonwealth Health Online...Institut of Health Metrics and Evaluation...Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS...
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