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Oceania, collective name for the islands scattered throughout most of the Pacific Ocean. The term, in its widest sense, embraces the entire insular region between Asia and the Americas. A more common definition excludes the Ryukyu, Kuril, and Aleutian islands and the Japan archipelago.

The most popular usage delimits Oceania further by eliminating Indonesia, Taiwan, and the Philippines, because the peoples and cultures of those islands are more closely related historically to the Asian mainland. Oceania then, in its most restricted meaning, includes more than 10,000 islands, with a total land area (excluding Australia, but including Papua New Guinea and New Zealand) of approximately 317,700 square miles (822,800 square km).

Oceania has traditionally been divided into four parts: Australasia (Australia and New Zealand), Melanesia, Micronesia, and Polynesia. As recently as 33,000 years ago no human beings lived in the region, except in Australasia. Although disagreeing on details, scientists generally support a theory that calls for a Southeast Asian origin of island peoples.

By 2000 about 12 million islanders lived in Oceania (excluding Australia), and many indigenous cultures were revolutionized by intensive contact with non-Oceanic groups who had intruded from various parts of the Western world. (The arts of the region are discussed in several articles; see art and architecture, Oceanic; music and dance, Oceanic; and Oceanic literature.) Pop. (2001 est.) including Australia, 31,377,000.

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Available Books

Book Title Date
Nan Madol - An Account of a Voyage to New South Wales An Account of a Voyage to New South Wales 1803
Nan Madol - Views in Australia or New South Wales Views in Australia or New South Wales 1825
Nan Madol - Vues et Paysages des Regions Equinoxiales Vues et Paysages des Regions Equinoxiales 1826
Nan Madol - Voyage Pittoresque Autour de Monde Voyage Pittoresque Autour de Monde 1822
Nan Madol - Australian Landscapes Australian Landscapes 1866
Nan Madol - Voyage of H.M.S. Blonde to the Sandwich Islands Voyage of H.M.S. Blonde to the Sandwich Islands 1826
Nan Madol - Field Sports of the Native Inhabitants of New South Wales Field Sports of the Native Inhabitants of New South Wales 1813
Nan Madol - South Australia Illustrated South Australia Illustrated 1847
Nan Madol - A Voyage of Discovery, into the South Sea and Beering's Straits Vol. 1 A Voyage of Discovery, into the South Sea and Beering's Straits Vol. 1 1821
Nan Madol - A Voyage of Discovery, into the South Sea and Beering's Straits Vol. 2 A Voyage of Discovery, into the South Sea and Beering's Straits Vol. 2 1821
Nan Madol - A Voyage of Discovery, into the South Sea and Beering's Straits Vol. 3 A Voyage of Discovery, into the South Sea and Beering's Straits Vol. 3 1821
Nan Madol - A Literary & Historical Atlas of Africa and Australasia A Literary & Historical Atlas of Africa and Australasia 1913
Nan Madol - The Royal Atlas & Gazetteer of Australasia The Royal Atlas & Gazetteer of Australasia 1890
Nan Madol - New Zealand : Its Physical Geography, Geology, and Natural History New Zealand : Its Physical Geography, Geology, and Natural History 1867
Nan Madol - A Voyage to Terra Australis Vol. 1 A Voyage to Terra Australis Vol. 1 1814
Nan Madol - A Voyage to Terra Australis Vol. 2 A Voyage to Terra Australis Vol. 2 1814
Nan Madol - A Voyage to Terra Australis [Atlas] A Voyage to Terra Australis [Atlas] 1814
Nan Madol - Narrative of a Survey of the Intertropical and Western Coasts of Australia Vol. 1 Narrative of a Survey of the Intertropical and Western Coasts of Australia Vol. 1 1827
Nan Madol - Narrative of a Survey of the Intertropical and Western Coasts of Australia Vol. 2 Narrative of a Survey of the Intertropical and Western Coasts of Australia Vol. 2 1827
Nan Madol - Journals of Expeditions of Discovery into Central Australia Vol. 1 Journals of Expeditions of Discovery into Central Australia Vol. 1 1845
Nan Madol - Journals of Expeditions of Discovery into Central Australia Vol. 2 Journals of Expeditions of Discovery into Central Australia Vol. 2 1845
Nan Madol - Sketches From Many Shores Visited by H.M.S. Challenger Sketches From Many Shores Visited by H.M.S. Challenger 1878
Nan Madol - Polynesia; A Popular Description of the Islands of the Pacific Polynesia; A Popular Description of the Islands of the Pacific 1866
Nan Madol - Savage Life and Scenes in Australia and New Zealand Vol. 1 Savage Life and Scenes in Australia and New Zealand Vol. 1 1847
Nan Madol - Savage Life and Scenes in Australia and New Zealand Vol. 2 Savage Life and Scenes in Australia and New Zealand Vol. 2 1847
Nan Madol - A Voyage to the South Sea, and Round the World Vol. 1 A Voyage to the South Sea, and Round the World Vol. 1 1712
Nan Madol - A Voyage to the South Sea, and Round the World Vol. 2 A Voyage to the South Sea, and Round the World Vol. 2 1712
Nan Madol - A Voyage of Discovery to the North Pacific Ocean Vol. 3 A Voyage of Discovery to the North Pacific Ocean Vol. 3 1798
Nan Madol - A Voyage of Discovery to the North Pacific Ocean Vol. 2 A Voyage of Discovery to the North Pacific Ocean Vol. 2 1798
Nan Madol - A Voyage of Discovery to the North Pacific Ocean Vol. 1 A Voyage of Discovery to the North Pacific Ocean Vol. 1 1798
Nan Madol - The Three Voyages of Captain James Cook Round the World Vol. 1 The Three Voyages of Captain James Cook Round the World Vol. 1 1821
Nan Madol - The Three Voyages of Captain James Cook Round the World Vol. 2 The Three Voyages of Captain James Cook Round the World Vol. 2 1821
Nan Madol - The Three Voyages of Captain James Cook Round the World Vol. 3 The Three Voyages of Captain James Cook Round the World Vol. 3 1821
Nan Madol - The Three Voyages of Captain James Cook Round the World Vol. 4 The Three Voyages of Captain James Cook Round the World Vol. 4 1821
Nan Madol - The Three Voyages of Captain James Cook Round the World Vol. 5 The Three Voyages of Captain James Cook Round the World Vol. 5 1821
Nan Madol - The Three Voyages of Captain James Cook Round the World Vol. 6 The Three Voyages of Captain James Cook Round the World Vol. 6 1821
Nan Madol - The Three Voyages of Captain James Cook Round the World Vol. 7 The Three Voyages of Captain James Cook Round the World Vol. 7 1821
Nan Madol - A Voyage Towards the South Pole Vol. 1 A Voyage Towards the South Pole Vol. 1 1777
Nan Madol - A Voyage Towards the South Pole Vol. 2 A Voyage Towards the South Pole Vol. 2 1777
Nan Madol - Narrative of a Visit to Brazil, Chile, Peru, and the Sandwich Islands Narrative of a Visit to Brazil, Chile, Peru, and the Sandwich Islands 1825
Nan Madol - Australia Vol. 1 Australia Vol. 1 1873
Nan Madol - Australia Vol. 2 Australia Vol. 2 1873
Nan Madol - Sudsee-Erinnerungen Sudsee-Erinnerungen 1883
Nan Madol - Ten Months in the Fiji Islands Ten Months in the Fiji Islands 1864
Nan Madol - Te Ika a Maui, or, New Zealand and its Inhabitants Te Ika a Maui, or, New Zealand and its Inhabitants 1870
Nan Madol - New Zealand; or Zealandia New Zealand; or Zealandia 1857
Nan Madol - New Zealand, Painted and Described New Zealand, Painted and Described 1908
Nan Madol - Na Motu: or, Reef-Rovings in the South Seas Na Motu: or, Reef-Rovings in the South Seas 1854
Nan Madol - Travels in New Zealand Travels in New Zealand 1846
Nan Madol - Travels in New South Wales Travels in New South Wales 1847
Nan Madol - New Zealand Graphic and Descriptive New Zealand Graphic and Descriptive 1877
Nan Madol - Journal of a Ten Months' Residence in New Zealand Journal of a Ten Months' Residence in New Zealand 1823
Nan Madol - Description of the Barossa Range and its Neighbourhood in South Australia Description of the Barossa Range and its Neighbourhood in South Australia 1849
Nan Madol - Entdeckungsreise in die Sudsee und nach der Berings-Strabe Vol. 1 Entdeckungsreise in die Sudsee und nach der Berings-Strabe Vol. 1 1821
Nan Madol - Entdeckungsreise in die Sudsee und nach der Berings-Strabe Vol. 2 Entdeckungsreise in die Sudsee und nach der Berings-Strabe Vol. 2 1821
Nan Madol - Entdeckungsreise in die Sudsee und nach der Berings-Strabe Vol. 3 Entdeckungsreise in die Sudsee und nach der Berings-Strabe Vol. 3 1821
Nan Madol - Journey to the Southern Ocean and the Bering Strait Vol. 1 Journey to the Southern Ocean and the Bering Strait Vol. 1 1821
Nan Madol - Journey to the Southern Ocean and the Bering Strait Vol. 2 Journey to the Southern Ocean and the Bering Strait Vol. 2 1821
Nan Madol - Journey to the Southern Ocean and the Bering Strait Vol. 3 Journey to the Southern Ocean and the Bering Strait Vol. 3 1823
Nan Madol - Notes of Travel in Fiji and New Caledonia Notes of Travel in Fiji and New Caledonia 1880
Nan Madol - Reminiscences of the South Seas Reminiscences of the South Seas 1912
Nan Madol - The Savage South Seas, Painted and Described The Savage South Seas, Painted and Described 1907
Nan Madol - Captain Cook's Three Voyages Round the World Captain Cook's Three Voyages Round the World 1895
Nan Madol - The Aryan Maori The Aryan Maori 1885
Nan Madol - Hawaii, Old and New Hawaii, Old and New 1943
Nan Madol - Pioneers in Australasia Pioneers in Australasia 1912
Nan Madol - Journal of a Cruise Among the Islands of the Western Pacific Journal of a Cruise Among the Islands of the Western Pacific 1853
Nan Madol - Journals of Two Expeditions of Discovery in Australia Vol. 1 Journals of Two Expeditions of Discovery in Australia Vol. 1 1841
Nan Madol - Journals of Two Expeditions of Discovery in Australia Vol. 2 Journals of Two Expeditions of Discovery in Australia Vol. 2 1841
Nan Madol - A Voyage Round the World A Voyage Round the World 1814
Nan Madol - Neu-Seeland Neu-Seeland 1863
Nan Madol - Geologisch-Topographischer Atlas von Neu-Seeland Geologisch-Topographischer Atlas von Neu-Seeland 1863
Nan Madol - The Geology of New Zealand The Geology of New Zealand 1864
Nan Madol - Sketches in the Pacific Sketches in the Pacific 1851
Nan Madol - Moeurs, Usages et Costumes de Tous les Peuples du Monde Vol. 4 Moeurs, Usages et Costumes de Tous les Peuples du Monde Vol. 4 1843
Nan Madol - Views of the South Seas Views of the South Seas 1788
Nan Madol - Sketches of Australia and the Adjacent Islands Sketches of Australia and the Adjacent Islands 1849
Nan Madol - An Account of the State of Agriculture & Grazing in New South Wales An Account of the State of Agriculture & Grazing in New South Wales 1826
Nan Madol - Descriptive Account of the Panoramic View of King George's Sound Descriptive Account of the Panoramic View of King George's Sound 1834
Nan Madol - An Historical Account of the Colony of New South Wales An Historical Account of the Colony of New South Wales 1821
Nan Madol - Peeps at Many Lands: Oceania Peeps at Many Lands: Oceania 1911
Nan Madol - Sketches Illustrative of the Native Inhabitants and Islands of New Zealand Sketches Illustrative of the Native Inhabitants and Islands of New Zealand 1838
Nan Madol - A Visit to the South Seas, in the United States Ship Vincennes Vol. 2 A Visit to the South Seas, in the United States Ship Vincennes Vol. 2 1832
Nan Madol - A Visit to the South Seas, in the United States Ship Vincennes Vol. 2 A Visit to the South Seas, in the United States Ship Vincennes Vol. 2 1832
Nan Madol - Views in New South Wales and Van Diemen's Land Views in New South Wales and Van Diemen's Land 1830
Nan Madol - A Series of Lithographic Drawings from Sketches in New Zealand A Series of Lithographic Drawings from Sketches in New Zealand 1852
Nan Madol - New Zealand Scenery New Zealand Scenery 1877
Nan Madol - A Narrative of a Nine Months' Residence in New Zealand A Narrative of a Nine Months' Residence in New Zealand 1832
Nan Madol - Van Dieman's Land : Geographical and Descriptive Van Dieman's Land : Geographical and Descriptive 1820
Nan Madol - Views in the South Seas Views in the South Seas 1808
Nan Madol - Early Voyages to Terra Australis Early Voyages to Terra Australis 1859
Nan Madol - The World in Miniature: South Sea Islands Vol. 1 The World in Miniature: South Sea Islands Vol. 1 1824
Nan Madol - The World in Miniature: South Sea Islands Vol. 2 The World in Miniature: South Sea Islands Vol. 2 1824
Nan Madol - Travel in Aquatint and Lithography Vol. 2 Travel in Aquatint and Lithography Vol. 2 1957
Nan Madol - Views of Australian Scenery Views of Australian Scenery 1814
Nan Madol - The Melbourne Album The Melbourne Album 1864
Nan Madol - Mount Lyell Mines, Tasmania Vol. 1 Mount Lyell Mines, Tasmania Vol. 1 1896
Nan Madol - Mount Lyell Mines, Tasmania Vol. 2 Mount Lyell Mines, Tasmania Vol. 2 1898
Nan Madol - The New Zealanders Illustrated The New Zealanders Illustrated 1847
Nan Madol - An Account of the Pelew Islands An Account of the Pelew Islands 1788
Nan Madol - Album Pittoresque de la Fregate La Thetis et de la Corvette L'Esperance Album Pittoresque de la Fregate La Thetis et de la Corvette L'Esperance 1828
Nan Madol - A View of the Coasts, Countries and Islands within the Limits of the South-Sea-Company A View of the Coasts, Countries and Islands within the Limits of the South-Sea-Company 1711

Images

Image Name
Kenny's Mill (Late Dight's), Yarra Yarra Falls, 1863
Sydney from Bennelong's Point, New South Wales
The Derwent, Tasmania
Two Taupos Dancing a Game of Ball, Samoa
Entree de la petite ville de Balanga, du cote de la mer (Ile Lucon, Philippines)
Title Page
Huka Falls
Residences of the Revd C. L. Reay and the Revd H. F. Buu near Nelson
Book Display
Elizabeth Street (1864)
A Yam Shed on the Island of Tierra Espiritu Santo, New Hebrides
Crane de femme trouve dans le Golfe de Kotzebue I
Woman with Baby in bag. Fairfax Island, British New Guinea
Tokosa's Wohnhaus
Fruit de l'arbre a pain
The Aboriginal Inhabitants Ornaments and Utensils
H.M.S. "Challenger" in Betsy Cove, Kerguelen Land
On the Fringe of a primaeval Forest, Solomon Islands
Black Sands, Hawaii
Melbourne from St. Kilda Road
Fete de Mariage. Malabar a Pondichery (Indes orientales, Carnate)
The Cape of Good Hope
Portraits of the Aboriginal Inhabitants
Waihi Bay, Whangaroa Harbour
Australian Aboriginals Fishing
Toea, daughter of Te Awaitaia, chief of Waingaroa with an attendant boy, carrying water
Roperta of Kawhia
Mount Kiera, New South Wales
Tree House in British New Guinea
Depart de Chasseurs Jagals (Ile Lucon, Philipines)
Native of New Georgia wearing Sunshade ; a sort of crownless hat made of grasses it can be worn at any angle
Native Tombs (5 figs)
Instrument de musique des Negres
View of Morea, one of the Friendly Islands
View from the Top of Mount Nelson
Title Page
Nelson
Front Cover
Four remarkable supported poles, in Port Townshend, in the gulf of Georgia
Vue de la Riviere St.Denis, prise au Fond de la Ravine ou elle coule, et pres d'une cascade qui vient s'y jeter (Ile Bourbon)
Lake Waikare-Moana
Spine
Hibiscus, Hawaii
Magellan Visiting the King of Sebu
Gold Miners leaving a trading ship, British New Guinea
Chart of the Islands of Radack and Ralick
Title Page
Grass-Tree Plains
Title Page
Plate 1
Vue de Presidio San Francisco
Map of Part of New South Wales
Habitants de Californie. (femmes)
From the Barossa, looking over part of Angas Park
Port Lyttleton, Canterbury
Cap de los Reynes a 6 miles de distance
The Waikato at Ngaruawahia
Taupo and Attendants Dancing in Open Air - Iva in Savaii, Samoa
East view of Sydney
On the Cow Pasture River
Intérieur d'une Pagode dans le quartier Chinois, a Malacca (Cote Malaye)
Oceanic Negro Type from the Northernmost Solomon Islands
The River Murray, near Lake Alexandria
Entrevue de l'Expedition de Mr. Kotzebue, avec le Roi Tammeamea, dans l'ile d'Ovayhi (Iles Sandwich)
On the Pelorus River
Plate 2
Title Page
Messrs Arthur's Sheep Station, with one of he volcanic wells Mount Schank in the distance Early Morning
Ornemens des habitans des isles Radak
Panoramic View of King George's Sound [VII]
The "Blackbirders" in the Solomon Islands
Lake Albert, from the Great Scrub, beyond Bonney's water-holes
Lake Willawarra, New South Wales
Mount Egmont
Back Cover
L'Ours gris de l'Amerique Septentrionale
Waterfall near Adelaide
The Malay Archipelago
Portrait of Yagan : Chief of the Swan River
Sheepwash Creek, near Sandhurst (1863)
"Te Hongi"
Natives of Humboldt Bay, Papua
View of the Governor's Retreat, New Norfolk
Canal, Kusaie
Ngawhea, of the Te Mohoa, a chief of the Ngatimaniapoto Tribe & Nga Miho 'Wife of Rangituataea'
The Devil's Punch Bowl, near Mt Schanck
Paratene Maioha, a chief of Waingaroa. Wearing the Parawal, or Dog's skin Robe
On the Beach at Ngunguru
Giraffe and Hyeana
Frontispiece Portrait
Man and Woman of Vate or Sandwich Island
A Trader receiving Cocoa-nuts, Aoba, New Hebrides
Bonnets et ustensiles des isles Sandwich. (5 figs)
Morai near Karakakooa
Title Page
Te Henheu's Old Pah of Waitahanui, at Taupo Lake

Maps

Map Name
Australia Vol. 1 - General Map of Australia (1873)
A Voyage of Discovery, into the South Sea and Beering's Straits Vol. 1 - Chart of Beering's Straits (1821)
A Voyage Round the World - Lisiansky's Isle - 1805 (1814)
New Zealand : Its Physical Geography, Geology, and Natural History - The Southern Part of the Province of Auckland (1867)
A Voyage of Discovery, into the South Sea and Beering's Straits Vol. 2 - Plan of the Group called Romanzoff's Islands (1821)
Australia Vol. 1 - Map of New South Wales (1873)
An Account of the State of Agriculture & Grazing in New South Wales - Map of Part of New South Wales (1826)
Australia Vol. 2 - Tasmania (1873)
A Voyage Round the World - Harbour of St. Catherine - 1804 (1814)
An Historical Account of the Colony of New South Wales - Plan of Port Macquarie, Including a Sketch of Part of Hastings River on the East Coast of New South Wales (1821)
Sketches From Many Shores Visited by H.M.S. Challenger - Chart Showing the Track of H.M.S. "Challenger" (1872-1876) (1878)
A View of the Coasts, Countries and Islands within the Limits of the South-Sea-Company - A New and Exact Map of the Coasts, Countries, and Islands within the Limits of the South Sea Company (1711)
New Zealand; or Zealandia - The Islands of New Zealand (1857)
Descriptive Account of the Panoramic View of King George's Sound - Panoramic View of King George's Sound, Part of the Colony of Swan River (1834)
A Voyage Round the World - Sitca or Norfolk Sound Surveyed by Captn Lisiansky - 1805 (1814)
A Voyage Round the World - Harbour of St. Paul - 1805 (1814)
A Voyage of Discovery, into the South Sea and Beering's Straits Vol. 3 - Chart of the Caroline Islands [I] (1821)
Australia Vol. 2 - The Settled Portions of South Australia (1873)
A Voyage of Discovery, into the South Sea and Beering's Straits Vol. 2 - Chart of the Islands of Radack and Ralick (1821)
Australia Vol. 1 - Map of Victoria (1873)
A Voyage Round the World - Washington Islands - 1804 (1814)
A Voyage Round the World - Island of Cadiak with its Environs - 1805 (1814)
A Voyage of Discovery, into the South Sea and Beering's Straits Vol. 1 - Chart of Course Taken by the Rurick (1821)
A Voyage Round the World - Chart of the Coast from Behring's Bay to Sea Otter Bay (1814)
New Zealand : Its Physical Geography, Geology, and Natural History - New Zealand (1867)
A Voyage Round the World - Chart of the World Shewing the Track of the Neva (1814)
Notes of Travel in Fiji and New Caledonia - A Map of Fiji and New Caledonia (1880)
Australia Vol. 2 - Queensland (1873)
Australia Vol. 2 - The World on Mercator's Projection (1873)
A Voyage of Discovery, into the South Sea and Beering's Straits Vol. 3 - Chart of the Caroline Islands [II] (1821)
Australia Vol. 1 - Map of the Overland Route to Australia (1873)
An Account of the Pelew Islands - A Chart of the Pelew Islands and Adjacent Seas (1788)

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