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Papua New Guinea

New Guinea is an island north of Australia, surrounded by numerous bodies of water, including the Bismarck sea, to the northeast, the Arafura sea to the south, and the Caram Sea to the west. I'm visiting the southern half of the island, Papua New Guinea.
Papua New Guinea is a country in Oceania. The population is about 6,310,150. The land area is 178,703 sq miles. The GDP per capita is $2,500. A few close bodies of water are the Coral Sea, the Solomon Sea, and the Gulf of Papua. The main language is English, Tik Pisin, and Hiri Motu.

While the northern half of the island was claimed as German territory, the southern half was left alone until 1904, during WWI. After WWI, Australia was given control of the island, and on Sept. 6, 1975 Papua New Guinea became independent from Australia. However, unlike most other countries, their break was peaceful and they still have strong ties with Australia.

Mount Giluwe is the second highest mountain in Papua New Guinea at 14,327 ft. The mountain is located in the Southern Highlands province. The original volcano at the site formed roughly 650,000-800,000 years ago. The first westerners to climb the mountain were a pair of brothers, Mick and Dan Leahy. They named the mountain, but another man said he'd spotted the mountains first and named them Minaret Mountains. However his claim was he had veiwed them from the east, never actually climbing or touching the mountain, so his claim fell through and the mountain's retained the name Leahy gave it. The first picture is a lovely view of the mountain range.

Port Moresby is the capital of Papua New Guinea. It is located on the shores of the Gulf of Papua and was established in 1873. The area was occupied by a people called the Moutan before the English colonized it. On Feb. 20, 1873 an English captain named James Moresby claimed the land for Britain and named it after his father, Fairfax Moresby calling the inner reach Fairfax Harbor and the other Port Moresby. However, no Europeans settled there until ten years later, when the southeastern part of New Guinea was annexed to the British Empire.

This place is much less colorful and seems a bit less like a touristic place than Peru was. I did enjoy my travels here, but I preferred Peru's beautiful buildings to these buildings. The view from the top of the mountains was much different from the one at Machu Picchu as well.

Mt. Giluwe

Mt. Giluwe

Port Moresby

Port Moresby

Posted by JPalmer15 11:41 Archived in Papua New Guinea

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