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French Polynesian Americans

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French Polynesian Americans
Total population
(2010 estimate)[1]
Regions with significant populations
Hawaii, California
French, Tahitian, American English
Related ethnic groups
French people  · other American groups of Polynesian origin (Maori, Native Hawaiians, Samoan, Tongan)

French Polynesian American are Americans with French Polynesian ancestry. The number of French Polynesian Americans is unknown. According to the 2010 US census, there were 5,062 people whose origins are in Tahiti, but other origins of the French Polynesia were not mentioned. While others 9,153 people asserted be of Polynesian origins, but they indicated no specific origin.[1]


Between 1800s and 1860s Pacific Islander sailors arrived in the USA. Some of them were Tahitians, who settled in Massachusetts and later California. In 1889 the first Polynesian mormon colony was founded in Utah and consisted of Tahitians, Hawaiian natives, Samoans and Maori people.[2]

During the twentieth century, the annual number of French Polynesians who moved to the US was small but with certain growth between the 1950 and 70s. So, while in 1954 just three French Polynesians arrived in the United States, in 1956 entry of 14 French Polynesian immigrants it was recorded and in 1965 were admitted other 49 people of same origin.

However, since the 1970s the number of French Polynesians admitted each year was more varied: So, in 1975, the number of admissions was reduced compared to previous years, because only 47 people of this origin were admitted. Also in 1984 were admitted 59 French Polynesians, a number that was reduced to 19 people of same origin in 1986. For its part, in 1991 it was registered that 31 French Polynesians emigrated to US with legal status in this year and, in 1997, other 21 French Polynesians obtained the admission for live in US.[3]

Culture and Demography

Tahitian Americans celebrate the French Polynesian celebration of Bastille Day on July 14. This date is known as France's independence day in French-speaking countries.[3]

Half of Tahitian Americans reside in the state of Hawaii. Hawaii's population is 0.2% Tahitian.

Notable people


  1. ^ a b "Total ancestry´s categories tallied for people with one or more ancestry categories reported in 2010 American Community Survey Estimates". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 30 November 2012.
  2. ^ Brij V. Lal, Kate Fortune (2000). The Pacific Islands: An Encyclopedia, Volumen 1. University of Hawai'i Press. ISBN 9780824822651.CS1 maint: uses authors parameter (link) Page 116.
  3. ^ a b Swain, Liz (2010). "Everyculture. A Countries and Their Cultures: Pacific Islander Americans". Retrieved July 3, 2015.
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