Gilbert Islands definition by Webster's New World
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group of islands in the WC Pacific which in 1979 became the independent nation of Kiribati
Gilbert Islands definition by American Heritage Dictionary
A group of islands of western Kiribati in the central Pacific Ocean. Inhabited by a mixture of Polynesian and Melanesian peoples, the islands were first visited by the British in 1765, made a protectorate in 1892, and later became part of the Gilbert and Ellice Islands Colony (1915-1976). Full independence as the principal islands of Kiribati was achieved in 1979.