Which islands used to be called the “Sandwich Islands”?
Answer: Formed by volcanoes in the Pacific Ocean, Hawaii is made up of more than 100 islands but is best known for its eight main islands. Formerly the group of islands were known to Europeans and Americans as the “Sandwich Islands”, a name chosen by James Cook in honor of the then First Lord of the Admiralty John Montagu, 4th Earl of Sandwich. This name was in use until the 1840s, when the local name “Hawaii” gradually began to take precedence. The contemporary name is derived from the name of the largest island, Hawaii Island.
The Hawaiian Islands are an archipelago of eight major islands, several atolls, numerous smaller islets, and seamounts in the North Pacific Ocean, extending some 1,500 miles from the island of Hawaiʻi in the south to northernmost Kure Atoll. Wikipedia
Highest point: Mauna Kea; 13,796 ft (4,205 m)
Location: North Pacific Ocean
Population: 1.375 million (2011)
Points of interest: Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park, MORE
Did you know: The Hawaiian Islands have a total land area of 6,423.4 square miles (16,636.5 km). wikipedia.org