Names of Two Islands Transposed

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Kiribati 417

     A souvenir sheet issued by Kiribati (pronounced Kee-ree-bas) shows maps of the three island groups that make up the nation of Kiribati, the Gilbert group, the Phoenix group, and the Line group. The islands in each group are named, but the names of two islands in the Line group, Tabuaeran and Teraina, are transposed.

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     Incidentally, the island below them, Kiritibati, is pronounced "Christmas." It was sighted by James Cook on Christmas Day, 1777, and is called Christmas Island today.

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