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Guadalcanal (Isatabu) is a 2,510-square-mile (6,500 km) tropical island in the South-Western Pacific. It is the largest island in the Solomon Islands and was the scene of fierce fighting between the Allies (predominantly American) and Japanese forces in the Guadalcanal Campaign of World War II. At the end of the war, Honiara, on the north coast of Guadalcanal, became the new capital of the British Solomon Islands Protectorate. Guadalcanal is mainly covered in tropical rainforest and jungle and it has a mountainous interior with an active volcano Mount Popomanaseu. The population in 1999 was 109,382. A Spanish expedition from Peru under the command of Álvaro de Mendeña de Neira discovered the island in the year 1568. Mendaña's subordinate, Pedro de Ortega, named the island after his home town Guadalcanal in Andalusia. The name comes from the Arabic Wādî al-Khānāt, which means "Valley of the Stalls", because of the refreshment stalls which were set up there during Muslim rule in...
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