An island nation associated with the west-central Pacific Ocean near the equator. It includes the previous Gilbert Islands, Banaba (Ocean Island), therefore the Phoenix and Line countries. Satisfied by Austronesian individuals ahead of the first century A.D., the islands, alongside the Ellice Islands, became a British protectorate (1892-1916) and afterwards a crown colony beneath the title the Gilbert and Ellice Island Colony. The Ellice Islands gained freedom (1978) as Tuvalu additionally the remaining countries (1979) as Kiribati. Tarawa may be the capital. Population: 108,000.
Country in Oceania. Formal title in English: Republic of Kiribati.
The Micronesian language talked in Kiribati, also referred to as Gilbertese.