Travel: A place you may have never heard of

British explorer Captain James Cook was the first European to sight New Caledonia, on 4 September 1774, during his second voyage. He named it “New Caledonia “, as the northeast of the island reminded him of Scotland

There are travel destinations that exist you may not have heard of. How often do you look at the Map?
Today we will look at​ a New Caledonia; a nice place to spend your last days. You are entitled to breathtaking viewof nature in its wholesomeness.

The location is a special collectivity of France in the southwest Pacific Ocean , 1,210 km (750 mi) east of Australia and 16,136 km (10,026 mi) east of Metropolitan France.

Its population of 268,767 (Aug. 2014 census) consists of a mix of Kanak people (the original inhabitants of New Caledonia), people of European descent (Caldoches and Metropolitan French ), Polynesian people (mostly Wallisians ), and Southeast Asian people, as well as a few people of Pied-Noir and Maghreban descent. The capital of the territory is Nouméa.
The Europeans brought new diseases such as smallpox and measles . Many people died as a result of these diseases. The Kanak population declined from around 60,000 in 1878 to 27,100 in 1921, and their numbers did not increase again until the 1930s.
New Caledonia is a territory sui generis to which France has gradually transferred certain powers. It is governed by a 54-member Territorial Congress, a legislative body composed of members of three provincial assemblies.

 The French State is represented in the territory by a High Commissioner. At a national level, New Caledonia is represented in the French Parliament by two deputies and two senators. At the 2012 French presidential election , the voter turnout in New Caledonia was 61.19%.

For 25 years, the party system in New Caledonia was dominated by The Rally–UMP . This dominance ended with the emergence of a new party, Avenir Ensemble , also opposed to independence, but considered more open to dialogue with the Kanak movement,  which is part of the Kanak and Socialist National Liberation Front , a coalition of several pro-independence groups.

Credit: Wikipedia

Author: Jenny

A freelance Journalist, and an advocate of peace

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