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Palmyra Atoll

American Samoa

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Palmyra Atoll. CIA World Factbook

Oceania, atoll in the North Pacific Ocean, about one-half of the way from Hawaii to American Samoa. About 50 islets covered with dense vegetation, coconut trees, and balsa-like trees up to 30 meters tall. Incorporated territory of the US; privately owned, but administered from Washington, DC by the Office of Insular Affairs, US Department of the Interior. First visited by Americans in 1802, and later claimed by the Hawaiian kingdom (1862) and Great Britain (1889), it was annexed by the United States in 1898. Palmyra was under the jurisdiction of the city and county of Honolulu until Hawaii was granted statehood in 1959. The atoll is now under the control of the U.S. Dept. of the Interior.

Ozeanien, Atoll im Nordpazifik, etwa auf halbem Weg zwischen Hawaii und American Samoa. Etwa 50 kleine Inseln, die mit dichter Vegetation, Kokosnussbäumen und bis zu 30 Meter hohen Balsa-ähnlichen Bäumen bewachsen sind. Eingegliedertes Territorium der USA. In Privatbesitz, aber von Washington aus durch das Office of Insular Affairs des Innenministerium verwaltet. Erstmals im Jahr 1802 von Amerikanern besucht und später vom Königreich Hawaii (1862) und Großbritannien (1889) in Besitz genommen. Es wurde von den USA im Jahr 1898 annektiert. Palmyra stand unter der Gerichtsbarkeit der Stadt und des Landkreises Honolulu, bis Hawaii 1959 als Bundesstaat in die Vereinigten Staaten aufgenommen wurde. Das Atoll untersteht nun vollständig dem Innenministerium.

Population (2003 est): No indigenous inhabitants; 4 to 20 Nature Conservancy staff, US Fish and Wildlife staff (July 2004 est.)
Land Area: 11.9 sq km

· CIA World Factbook
· InfoPlease
· The Nature Conservancy: Palmyra Atoll
U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service: Palmyra Atoll


Palmyra Atoll, Rainforest of the Sea



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