Russian names of geographical objects in Oceania

Vladimir Putin, President of the Russian Federation, instructed to start preparing a new World Map with reliable names of geographical objects. He announced this at the tenth anniversary meeting of the Board of Trustees of the Russian Geographical Society (RGS) in St. Petersburg.
“Today we face a situation when Russian names, which were given in the past centuries and decades by our explorers and travelers, are gradually being ousted from the World Map. Thus the memory of Russia’s contribution to the study of the planet and to the development of science is also being erased”.

V. V. Putin. April 27, 2018 | Russian Geographical Society HQ | St. Petersburg

Project time frame: 2019-2020
Geography of the project: International
Organized by the Miklouho-Maclay Foundation with the support from the Presidential Grants Foundation and the project partners

Russian names of geographical objects discovered by outstanding Russian navigators can be found in every part of our planet. They can also be found in Oceania, with the island world of which Russia has had strong historical and scientific ties for more than two hundred years. The history of exploration of this region by Russian navigators is astonishing in its grandeur and scale. In Oceania alone there were discovered more than 70 geographical objects with Russian names. The work done by the Miklouho-Maclay Foundation team under the leadership of N.N. Miklouho-Maclay Jr to identify Russian names on the map of Oceania is another step towards reviving the continuity of exploration of Oceania by Russian scientists, preserving invaluable monuments of global historical and geographical heritage, and restoring Russian names of geographical objects on the World Map.

Supplementary material

A table of geographical objects discovered by Russian explorers and navigators in Oceania with precise data on the names and locations was prepared on the basis of the research work done by N.N. Miklouho-Maclay Jr. on the New Guinea Island, as well as searches in Australian archives during the expeditions in 2017 and 2019, and the work of the Miklouho-Maclay Foundation team in Russian archives. The table consists of 71 geographical objects discovered by Russians from the time of I.F. Kruzenshtern and Y.F. Lysianskyi circumnavigation to the expeditions of the Miklouho-Maclay Foundation in 2017 and 2019 with the participation of scientists from the Russian Academy of Sciences. The table has been prepared on the basis of carefully verified information. It can be used in creation of a new World Map, which will undoubtedly facilitate the restoration of Russian names on geographical maps of Oceania.

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