New Hebrides: Location, History, Size, Population, & Government

About New Hebrides, information, history size, location, population, people, culture, and government.

New Hebrides

Size--5,700 sq. mi. (14,763 sq. km.). Population--90,000.

The New Hebrides are a double chain of about 80 islands 500 mi. west of Fiji and 250 mi. northeast of New Caledonia in the southwestern Pacific. Since 1906 the area has been ruled jointly by the British and the French. The New Hebrideans have to contend with 2 police forces, 2 sets of laws, 2 banking and currency systems, 2 sets of schools, and 2 chief colonial officials. In addition, they have no citizenship or civil rights. Strong support for independence is now being pushed by the National party and by the Presbyterian Church. Britain would support the independence movement, but does not want to anger France which wants to maintain permanent control.

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