If these islands are for us only precious resting places on the immensity of the Pacific Ocean, New Caledonia is a very beautiful colony, to which the convicts have wrongly given a bad reputation. As large as three French departments, very fertile on a third of its territory, very rich in minerals on the rest, it could become very rich, especially now that the transport costs are becoming less and less expensive.
More than 200,000 hectares could be fruitfully cultivated with coffee, and we have only just realised this in the fifty years since the island came into our possession. New Caledonia had a special pavilion, simple but very well furnished, containing a large relief map of great beauty.
©L'Exposition du Siècle - 1900