The Nuttall Encyclopedia
The principal island of a group in the South Pacific; sometimes called the Society Islands, situated 2000 m. NE. of New Zealand; are mountainous, of volcanic origin, beautifully wooded, and girt by coral reefs; a fertile soil grows abundant fruit, cotton, sugar, &c., which, with mother-of-pearl, are the principal exports; capital and chief harbour is Papeete; the whole group since 1880 has become a French possession.
Wood, James, ed. Entry for 'Tahiti'. The Nuttall Encyclopedia. https://www.studylight.org/encyclopedias/eng/nut/t/tahiti.html. Frederick Warne & Co Ltd. London. 1900.