collectivity of France)
The Futuna island group
was discovered by the Dutch in 1616 and Wallis
by the British in 1767, but it was the French who declared a
protectorate over the islands in 1842. In 1959, the inhabitants of the
islands voted to become a French overseas territory. Its languages are:
Wallisian 58.9% (indigenous Polynesian language), Futunian 30.1%,
French 10.8%, and other 0.2%.