The New International Encyclopædia/Admiralty Islands
ADMIRALTY ISLANDS. A group of about 40 islands, constituting a part of the Bismarck Archipelago (q.v.), lying to the northeast of New Guinea, between 2° and 3° S. lat. and 146° 18′ and 147° 46′ E. long. (Map: East India Islands, L 5). The largest is about 50 miles long from east to west, and is covered with rich vegetation. They abound in cocoanut trees and are inhabited by savages. They were discovered by the Dutch in 1616 and became a German protectorate in 1885.