With rich soil limited to waterway banks, the Kanaks developed a system of slash-and-burn agriculture, which over centuries reduced the primary forest surface, shrunk marshes, and favored the extension of herbaceous savannah.
Dense forest covering the Loyalty Islands has provided natural compost for agriculture. Those on Grande Terre live on the northern half of the island in territories demarcated in the nineteenth century as "indigent reserves." Farther south, Kanaks are less numerous, although 30 percent of them live near the capital, Noumea. In 1996, there were 196,836 inhabitants, up from 164,173 in 1989.
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The Kanak culture developed in this South Pacific archipelago over a period of three thousand years.
Apart from the population of French origin, all the inhabitants are at least bilingual.