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ID: 1006385
Page Link: http://vocab.getty.edu/page/tgn/1006385

 

Record Type: administrative
Hierarchy of Baker Island (possession)  Baker Island (possession)

Coordinates:
Lat: 00 11 41 N  degrees minutes   Lat: 0.1940  decimal degrees
Long: 176 28 46 W  degrees minutes   Long: -176.4740  decimal degrees

Note: A saucer-shaped coral atoll in the South Pacific; it is uninhabited & arid. It is approximately 1 mile long and 1500 yards wide. Administered by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Named New Nantucket Island in 1825 by a whaler named Orbed Starbuck but later renamed Baker Island by an American mariner, Capt. Michael Baker, in 1832. It was occupied by Hawaiian colonists in 1935; originally claimed by USA to harvest guano deposits. It has been valued for its strategic importance; site of a US Coast Guard LORAN station in WW II.

Names:
Baker Island (preferred,C,V)
New Nantucket Island (H,V)
Phoebe Island (H,V)

Hierarchical Position:
Hierarchy of World (facet)    World (facet)
Hierarchy of North and Central America (continent)  ....  North and Central America (continent) (P)
Hierarchy of United States (nation)  ........  United States (nation) (P)
Hierarchy of Baker Island (possession)  ............  Baker Island (possession) (P)

Additional Parents:
Hierarchy of World (facet)    World (facet)
Hierarchy of United States Minor Outlying Islands (general region)  ....  United States Minor Outlying Islands (general region) (P)
Hierarchy of Baker Island (possession)  ........  Baker Island (possession)
 
Hierarchy of World (facet)    World (facet)
Hierarchy of Oceania (continent)  ....  Oceania (continent) (P)
Hierarchy of Baker Island (possession)  ........  Baker Island (possession) (P)

Place Types:
possession (preferred, C)  ............  claimed by USA in 1857; abandoned during WW II but re-occupied in 1944
primary political unit (C)
first level subdivision (C)
unincorporated territory (C)
island (C)

Sources and Contributors:
Baker Island..........  [VP Preferred]
.......................  Webster's Geographical Dictionary (1988) 108
New Nantucket Island..........  [VP]
...................................  Encyclopaedia Britannica (1988) I, 814
Phoebe Island..........  [VP]
..........................  Encyclopaedia Britannica (1988) I, 814
Subject: .....  [VP]
..................  Encyclopaedia Britannica (1988) I, 814
..................  USGS, Geographic Names System [online] (1998-)
..................  Webster's Geographical Dictionary (1988) 108
 
Note:
English .......... [VP]
..........  USGS, Geographic Names System [online] (1998-)

 

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