[Answer] The entire Samoan archipelago was given what nickname by European explorers?

[1-15-2022] Microsoft Rewards Bing Homepage Quiz Question: The entire Samoan archipelago was given what nickname by European explorers?

The given options are:

  • Navigator Islands
  • Balearic Islands
  • Whitsunday Islands

Correct Answer: Navigator Islands

Fact: In 1768, French explorer Louis-Antoine de Bougainville named the entire Samoan island group the ‘Navigator Islands,’ because he was impressed by the nautical skills of the native Samoans. (Fun fact: The bougainvillea flower is named for him.) The name ‘Navigator Islands’ was used by missionaries until about 1845, and in official European dispatches until about 1870.

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