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Term: Vanuatu


Settled by Melanesians 14th cen. BC; charted by Portuguese P de Queir$00os 1606, French Bougainville 1768, & British Cook 1774; settled by British missionaries 19th cen.; placed under joint British/French control to stop slave trade to Australia 1887; official languages are English, French & Bislama (a form of pidgin English).


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collected 1950-1960
early to mid 20th century
late 19th to early 20th century