Dictionary » M » Melanesia



The collective name for the islands of the pacific ocean northeast of australia, including new caledonia, vanuatu, new hebrides, solomon islands, admiralty islands, bismarck archipelago, fiji, etc. Melanesia (from the greek melas, black _ nesos, island) is so called from the black colour of the natives who are generally considered to be descended originally from the negroid papuans and the polynesians or malays.

Please contribute to this project, if you have more information about this term feel free to edit this page

This page was last modified 21:16, 3 October 2005. This page has been accessed 831 times. 
What links here | Related changes | Permanent link