geographical name

City (pop., 2004: 91,386), port, and capital of New Caledonia territory. Located on the southwestern coast of New Caledonia Island, it was founded in 1854 as Port-de-France. The city is situated on an excellent deepwater harbour protected by Nou Island and a reef. It has modern buildings, a large public market, and St. Joseph's Cathedral, a 19th-century stone structure.

Variants of NOUMÉA

Nouméa formerly Port-de-France

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