Wallis Archipelago (WF)

Two groups of islands (the Wallis and Futuna islands) belonging to France and administered by New Caledonia, situated in the Southwest Pacific about 250 miles (400 kilometers) west of Samoa Islands, having a combined land area of 106 square miles (275 square kilometers) and an estimated population (1988) of about 15,400. The islands are mostly fertile, and almost all tropical fruits and vegetables grow in profusion. The economy is based on the export of copra and trochus shells. The inhabitants were almost wholly converted to Roman Catholicism in the nineteenth century by missionaries who were earlier expelled from Tahiti. Large numbers of Wallisians have gone to the New Hebrides and New Caledonia islands to obtain work for a time. They have had favorable contacts with the Seventh-day Adve...

From the Seventh-day Adventist Encyclopedia. Published with permission from the Review and Herald Publishing Association.

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