New Caledonia Day
New Caledonia Day is held on September 24. National holiday of the overseas territory of France, located on dozens of islands in the South Pacific. This event in the third decade of the month September is annual. Help us
This holiday commemorates the incorporation of New Caledonia as a French protectorate in 1853. Europeans showed little interest in the territory until sandalwood traders arrived in 1840. On the 24th of September 1853, the French colonized New Caledonia.
New Caledonia, French Nouvelle-Calédonie, largest island of the French overseas country of New Caledonia, in the southwestern Pacific Ocean 750 miles (1,200 km) east of Australia. It is home to many natural wonders. Hawaii is smaller than the size of New Caledonia. The capital of New Caledonia is Nouméa.
New Caledonia has a populace of around 272,000 people. The population is 39% Kanak (Melanesian). Twenty-seven percent are of European descent, though most were born on the islands. There is a distinct cultural difference between the Kanaks and Europeans. The Kanaks have always sought independence from France. Yet, the Europeans want to remain in the French fold.
One of the more interesting New Caledonia Facts is that there have been three referendums to decide the matter. None has, so far, resulted in independence.
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