The Marquesas Islands of two groups; the windward group to the southeast includes Hiva Oa, Tahuata, and Fatu Iva. The northern islands are Nuku Hiva, Ua Huka, and Ua Pou. There are about 7,000 inhabitants in the islands. The Aranui visited all six of the major islands and 17 different anchorages or stops.
The Marquesas were discovered by Spanish Explorer, Alvaro de Mendana in 1595 and he named them "Las Marquesas de Mendoza" in honor of the wife of his patron. At that time there was a population on the 12 islands of 50,000. France now helps support the islands by providing schools and roads and other amenities of modern times.
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