The name Melanesia is composed of the words ‘melas’ and ‘nesia/nesos’, Greek words which mean ‘black’ and ‘islands’. Islands where black or dark-skin people live.. A definition based on race. In this case it concerns the race of the ‘black Oceanians’.They are the original occupants of the Sahulplat, where Australia and Papua New-Guinea form the main component.

West-Melanesians from Flobamora, Timor, Maluku, West-Papua en Australia

East-Melanesians from Papua Niugini, Solomoni, Kanaki, Vanuatu & Fiji

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