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Wake Island
« on: September 11, 2016, 11:32:28 PM »
I was preparing a map of the western South Pacific using various GIS layers, when and odd thing happened - an island, too small to see properly, but prominently labelled "United States" appeared between Australia and New Caledonia.   So I zoomed in, but no island name appeared.  I switched to GoogleEarth, and zoomed again, but only got an empty space.  A different GIS layer didn't have it at all.

So thinking it must be a mistake, I wondered if the error was putting it in the Southern Hemisphere instead of the North.  If it had been in the north, it would have been near Wake Island (United states).  And that sent me to Wikipedia .

The article on Wake Island has a different flavour to the usual ones, with lots of history.  Loads of ships had "discovered" it before the US in1898, but it didn't have any fresh water, so they weren't interested.  By 1922 the US Navy was already sizing up an imperial confrontation with Japan, and its location made it a strategic air refuelling base for trans-Pacific flights (and for the Air Force).  So when the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbour, they attacked the air base at Wake as well.

Its too long to copy in full here, but it makes a good read, and would make a great doco too.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wake_Island
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