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The atoll of Fakaofo, southernmost of the Tokelau Islands

Fakaofo, formerly known as Bowditch Island, is a South Pacific Ocean atoll located at 171° 15' West, 9° 25' South in the Tokelau Group. The actual land area is only about 3 km², consisting of islets on a coral reef surrounding a central lagoon of some 45 km². According to the 2006 census 483 people officially live on Fakaofo (however just 370 were present at census night). Of those present 70% belong to the Congregational Church and 22% to the Catholic Church.[1]

Natives of Fakaofo; engraving after a drawing by Alfred Thomas Agate
Map of Fakaofo

The main settlement on the island is Fale on Fale Islet, towards the western side of the atoll. Two kilometers to the west of it is the relatively large Fenua Fala Islet, where a second settlement had been established in 1960[2]. Other islets in the group include Teafua, Nukumatau, Nukulakia, Fenua Loa, Saumatafanga, Motu Akea, Matangi, Lalo, and Mulifenua.

Fakaofo's Council of Elders is made up of citizens over the age of 60.

Previously known as Bowditch for its discoverer, this island was visited by the American ship Peacock which was part of the first American voyage of discovery~ The United States Navy Exploring Expedition, or simply the Ex Ex, 1838–1842, Charles Wikes Commanding. Nathaniel Bowditch(1773–1838) was a noted American navigator who wrote a famous two volume eipitome of Navigation that is still used and published today by the Defense Mapping Agency/Topography Center; U.S Printing Office,Washington, D.C. This Epitome is an encyclopedic work on everything to do with Navigation and Sailing. The author of a first hand account entitled Twenty Years Before The Mast, one Charles Erskine, wrote that "The people found on this island had no knowledge of fire, which I believe, is the only instance of the kind on record." Twenty Years Before The Mast, George W. Jacobs & Co, Philadelphia, 1896. This book should not be confused with a famous book with the same title by Charles Dana which tells about whaling in California in the early 1800s.

In a village on the island is a monument which is a coral slab personifying Tui Tokelau, a god once worshipped in the islands.


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Coordinates: 9°21′55″S 171°12′54″W / 9.36528°S 171.215°W / -9.36528; -171.215



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