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Builder brothers
From 1834 to 1871, the Catholic missionaries led by Father Laval massively converted the inhabitants of the Gambier by establishing a "theocracy" in the archipelago. Notre Dame de Paix on Akamaru is one of the buildings erected under the guidance of the Picpus congregation by the inhabitants of the archipelago. According to a census of 1909, they had more than 116 churches built, hence their nickname of "builder brothers".
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