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South Pacific - Expo Vancouver 1986

South Pacific at the Exhibition Expo Vancouver 1986
© Jerrye & Roy Klotz MD

The roof of the South Pacific pavilion is reminiscent of the thatched huts of the islands in that region. Of the 25,000 islands, only a few thousand are inhabited, some of which form the world's smallest states.

The original inhabitants came from Asia. Today, the economies of Micronesia, Melanesia, Polynesia and Australasia are largely based on tourism and fishing.

Many of these islands are coral stolls, i.e. they consist of a ring of land surrounding a lagoon with deep, clear waters. For a long time the inhabitants used rafts for travelling or fishing; some rafts had a tapered bow; others were assembled with ropes or wooden spikes. Most were made of logs or bamboo and some even had a thatched roof. Today, the outrigger canoe is the most commonly used boat by islanders.

Eight countries are grouped in the South Pacific pavilion; four belong to Polynesia, Fiji, Western Samoa, Cook Islands, Tonga and three to Melanesia, Vanuatu, Papua New Guinea and the Solomon Islands. The latest to join them is Nauru.

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