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Christmas Island

There are several "Christmas Islands" around the world. One, part of Micronesia, is now called Kiritimati (a transliteration of "Christmas" into Gilbertese). Another is located in the north Indian Ocean, south and west of Indonesia, and is currently an Australian territory. A third is part of the New Year group of islands near Tasmania.

Benard, 1785

Christmas Island. North is to the left in this map (contrast with Cassini map below, where north is in its normal orientation.) This Christmas Island is Kiritimati.

Cassini, 1798

This is an inset from a map showing the Society Islands.