Islands - John Seach
Temotu Province, Solomon Islands.
The Duff Island are located 150 km
NE of Santa Cruz Island in the eastern Solomons.
The islands were home to fearless
navigators who sailed great distances in canoes.
The inhabitants speak a Polynesian
language and physically resemble Melanesians.
Duff Islands - Elingi, Kaa, Lakao,
Loreva, Lua, Tahua, Taumako, Te Ako, Tuleki, and Ulaka.
Taumako Island is the largest in the
group and is steep-sided and rises to 400 m above sea level.
Like the other islands in the Duffs
it is composed of basaltic lavas and pyroclastics.
There is no evidence of recent volcanism
on the islands. The fringing reef is poorly developed.
The islands were settled by the Lapita
people about 900 BC.
This was followed by Melanesian settlement,
then Polynesians in mid 1400's.
The islands were named after the
missionary ship "Duff" which sailed to the islands in 1797.
The Duff Islanders used red feather
money as a bride price, along with the people from Reef islands, and Santa
Duff Islands - Solomon Islands
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