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How did Easter Island get its name?



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Jacob Roggeveen, captain of Dutch fleet, found the Island on the day of April 5th, 1722. That day was Easter Sunday. Roggeveen named it Paasch-Eyland (18th century Dutch for "Easter Island"). The island's official Spanish name, Isla de Pascua, also means "Easter Island".