Definitions for guadalcanalˌgwɑd l kəˈnæl
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a mountainous island; the largest of the Solomon Islands in the independent state that is a member of the British Commonwealth
Guadalcanal, Battle of Guadalcanal(noun)
a battle in World War II in the Pacific (1942-1943); the island was occupied by the Japanese and later recaptured by American forces
a volcanic island in the Pacific, part of the Solomon Islands
a battle in World War II in which American forces recaptured it from the Japanese
Origin: Named in 1568 by Álvaro de Mendaña, after his hometown of Guadalcanal, Spain. From وادي الخانات.
Guadalcanal is a tropical island in the South-Western Pacific. The largest island in the then-British Solomons, it was discovered by the Spanish expedition of Álvaro de Mendaña in 1568. The name comes from Guadalcanal, a village in the province of Seville, in Andalusia, Spain, birthplace of Pedro de Ortega Valencia, a member of Mendaña's expedition. During 1942-43 it was the scene of bitter fighting between Japanese and American troops; the American forces were ultimately victorious. At the end of the war, Honiara, on the north coast of Guadalcanal, became the new capital of the British Solomon Islands Protectorate. Guadalcanal is mainly covered in tropical rainforest and jungle, and it has a mountainous interior with an active volcano, Mount Popomanaseu. The population in 1998 was around 85,000.
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