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The visit by the Catalina flying boat ‘Frigate bird’ commanded by P G Taylor and the British aim to set up an air route across the Pacific were seen by the US as an affront to their Monroe doctrine and their aim to have hegemony in the Pacific in any post war scenario.There was no possibility of the establishment of any form of a British base on the island....


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No, there is no accepted historical explanation for the name at all — and therefore one should exercise caution to firmly assert that the name "is of Arabic origin". It may be, but it seems that other theories over this uncertainty issue have more support according to French Wikipedia. It is true that the name is quite homophonic to the Arab 'mercy ...


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