Horne Islands

Horne Islands

▪ islands, Wallis and Futuna
also called  Futuna Islands , French  Îles de Horne or Iles Futuna 

      pair of volcanic islands (Futuna and Alofi) forming the southwestern part of the French overseas collectivity of Wallis and Futuna, in the west-central Pacific Ocean. Futuna (not to be confused with its namesake in Vanuatu, which is said to have been settled from Futuna) is the site of Mount Singavi (also called Mount Puke; 2,493 feet [760 metres]). Alofi, which lies 2 miles (3.2 km) southeast across the Sain Channel, rises to Mount Kolofau (Mount Bougainville; 1,368 feet [417 metres]). The only anchorage for Futuna is Sigave Bay, on the west coast. The islands were sighted (1616) by the Dutch navigator Jakob Le Maire and named for the city of Hoorn in Holland. They became a French protectorate in 1888. Both islands receive adequate precipitation, and Alofi is heavily wooded, with potentially valuable stands of timber. In addition to their administration by the French-led government of Wallis and Futuna (including a locally elected legislature, the Territorial Assembly), the islands are divided into two kingdoms: Sigave, in the northwestern part of Futuna, and Alo, which encompasses southeastern Futuna and all of Alofi. The main villages are Taoa, Ono, and Kolia, on the southern coast of Futuna. There is an airport at Point Velé, in southeastern Futuna. Alofi is uninhabited. Total land area 25 square miles (64 square km). Pop. (2003) 4,873.

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