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Bora Bora Map and Information, Map of Bora Bora, Facts, Figures and Geography of Bora Bora -Worldatlas.com. Bora Bora, located about 160 miles northwest of Tahiti and approximately 2,600 miles south of Hawaii, was discovered in 1722, and is arguably the most beautiful island on the planet.

Bora Bora Map and Information, Map of Bora Bora, Facts, Figures and Geography of Bora Bora -Worldatlas.com

The island's ancient name of Vava'u suggests the original inhabitants of this 7 million year old island arrived from Tonga, and interestingly, there is no "B," in the local Tahitian language, so its actual name is Pora Pora, meaning "first born. " Under the leadership of Admiral Abel Aubert Dupetit Thouars, Bora Bora was named a colony of France in 1842. The onset of World War II brought U.S. troops to the island, and seven massive cannons were set up around the perimeter, as well as a number of forts. The presence of the troops was generally accepted, and lucky for the natives (and troops alike) no combat took place on the island during the war. The U.S. military base officially closed on June 2, 1946, and the abandoned base became an international airport until Tahiti opened their own in 1962.

Map of Asia, Asian Countries, and Asian Landforms and Rivers. Map of Africa, Maps of African Countries, landforms and rivers, and Geography Facts. Print this map >>> LARGER (printable) AFRICA MAP As for Africa, scientists have formerly concluded that it is the birthplace of mankind, as large numbers of human-like fossils (discovered no where else) were found on the continent, some dating back 3.5 million years.

Map of Africa, Maps of African Countries, landforms and rivers, and Geography Facts

About 1.75 million years ago, early man spread throughout parts of Africa. They became aggressive hunters, lived in caves and used fire and their ability to create stone tools just to survive. The Neanderthals arose some 200,000 years ago and inhabited regions in northern Africa and across parts of southern Europe. There is also clear evidence that they had control of fire, lived in caves, as well as open-air structures of stone and vegetation. Middle East Map, Map of Middle East, Turkey, Iraq, Dubai Map. The so-called modern version of the Middle East sits where Africa, Asia and Europe meet.

Middle East Map, Map of Middle East, Turkey, Iraq, Dubai Map

The countries of the modern Middle East are all part of Asia, but for clarity reasons we geographically show them here as a separate landmass. The Greater Middle East Map includes all countries on the map to the left including Afghanistan and Pakistan, and all the other "stans," but it also includes many North African countries like Egypt, Libya and Sudan. See Map. Map of Europe, European Maps, Countries, Landforms, Rivers, and Geography Information. As for Europe, a brief chronological account of its significant events begins during prehistoric times with the emergence of Homo sapiens (early man), roughly 40,000 years ago.

Map of Europe, European Maps, Countries, Landforms, Rivers, and Geography Information

Early inhabitants during the Paleolithic Age, in an effort to survive, grouped together into small societies such as bands, and subsisted by gathering plants and hunting for wild animals. The practice of cultivating the soil, producing crops and raising livestock began in the Neolithic Age some 9,000 years ago; stone tools were used and people began to live in small groups, or villages. As man continued to journey east-to-west across Eurasia (a combination of Asia and Europe), knowledge of tools and new methods of organization arrived; civilizations flourished as metal axes and arrowheads improved survival. In the 8th century BC, Greece began to emerge from the Dark Ages.

Of the great civilizations to develop in Europe, the previously mentioned Roman Empire certainly had the most lasting influence. Central America Map - Map of Central America Countries, Landforms, Rivers, and Information Pages. Central America, a part of North America, is a tropical isthmus that connects North America to South America.

Central America Map - Map of Central America Countries, Landforms, Rivers, and Information Pages

It includes (7) countries and many small offshore islands. Overall, the land is fertile and rugged, and dominated through its heart by a string of volcanic mountain ranges that are punctuated by a few active and dangerous volcanos. Map of South America, South American Countries, Landforms, Rivers, and Geography Facts. South America, the planet's 4th largest continent, includes (12) independent countries and (3) major territories; the Falkland Islands, Galapagos Islands and French Guiana.

Map of South America, South American Countries, Landforms, Rivers, and Geography Facts

Map of Canada, Canada Map, Map Canada, Canadian Map. 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 Description (Page 1) Canada's initial inhabitants originated in Asia; as they searched for food, people from that continent crossed the Bering Strait between Alaska and Russia.

Map of Canada, Canada Map, Map Canada, Canadian Map

Caribbean Map, Map of Puerto Rico, Map of Cuba, Map of Jamaica. Caribbean Islands Travel Information. The Caribbean, long referred to as the West Indies, includes more than 7,000 islands; of those, 13 are independent island countries (shown in red) on the map, and some are dependencies or overseas territories of other nations.

Caribbean Map, Map of Puerto Rico, Map of Cuba, Map of Jamaica. Caribbean Islands Travel Information

In addition, that large number includes islets (very small rocky islands); cay's (small, low islands composed largely of coral or sand) and a few inhabited reefs: See Belize. Australia Map, Atlas of Australia, Australia Cities States Deserts Territories. Oceania, the planet's smallest continent, is without doubt one of the most diverse and fascinating areas on the planet.

Australia Map, Atlas of Australia, Australia Cities States Deserts Territories

A large percentage of geography experts now consider the long-established continent of Australia to be more accurately defined as Australia/Oceania. Map of Oceania - Pacific Islands, French Polynesia. United States Map. More about the United States: Maps of the U.S.

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States Detailed Maps of the 50 States. Maps - National Geographic. Crimea's Turbulent Past in Maps Crimea has been invaded many times before, as these historical maps show. Nat Geo Maps Show Big Changes The world we're mapping in 2013 is a very different place than it was 50 years ago. Nat Geo's Cartographic Typefaces Our maps have long been known for their distinctive typefaces.

But few outside the Society know little of the history that lies behind them. How Do We Change Maps? Cape Verde's name change to Cabo Verde prompted us to take a behind-the-scenes peek at how National Geographic handles ever-shifting maps. Google Maps.