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Pōmare V (3 November 1839 – 12 June 1891) was the last monarch of Tahiti, reigning from 1877 until his forced abdication in 1880. He was the son of Queen Pōmare IV.[1]

Pōmare V
Pomare V.jpg
King of Tahiti
Reign17 September 1877 – 29 June 1880
Coronation24 September 1877
PredecessorPōmare IV
SuccessorPosition abolished
Born(1839-11-03)3 November 1839
Afaʻahiti, Taravao
Died12 June 1891(1891-06-12) (aged 51)
Royal Palace, Papeʻete, Tahiti
Tomb of the King, Utuʻaiʻai in ʻArue
Marau Salmon
IssueTeriʻi nui o Tahiti
Ariʻi Manihinihi
Ernest Albert Salmon
Full name
Teriʻitariʻa Terātane Pōmare
HouseHouse of Pōmare
MotherPōmare IV


He was born as Teri'i Tari'a Te-rā-tane and became Heir Apparent and Crown Prince (Ari'i-aue) upon the death of his elder brother on 13 May 1855. He became king of Tahiti on the death of his mother on 17 September 1877. His coronation was on 24 September 1877 at Pape'ete.

He married twice, first on 11 November 1857 to Te-mā-ri'i-Ma'i-hara Te-uhe-a-Te-uru-ra'i, princess of Huahine. He divorced her on 5 August 1861. His second marriage was to Joanna Marau-Ta'aroa Te-pa'u Salmon (thereafter known as Her Majesty The Queen Marau of Tahiti), at Pape'ete on 28 January 1875. He divorced her on 27 July 1887.

Pōmare V had one son and two daughters.

On 29 June 1880, he gave Tahiti and its dependencies to France, whereupon he was given a pension by French government and the titular position of Officer of the Orders of the Legion of Honour and Agricultural Merit of France.

He died from alcoholism at the Royal Palace, Pape'ete, and is buried at the Tomb of the King, Utu'ai'ai in 'Arue.


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Regnal titles
Preceded by
Pōmare IV
King of Tahiti
Monarchy abolished
Sovereignty ceded to France
Titles in pretence
Loss of title
Sovereignty ceded to France
King of Tahiti