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Atoll 1,400 miles northwest of Honolulu, most distant of the Northwestern (Leeward) Hawaiian Islands, an oval atoll with maximum diameter of 6 miles. Within the lagoon are three sand islands no more than 20 feet high and with a total area of about 0.47 square miles. It was discovered by a Russian navigator (for whom it is named), annexed to the Hawaiian Kingdom in 1886, and acquired by the United States in 1898; it is now a part of the City and County of Honolulu. At least four ships have been wrecked on the reef. The name is also spelled Cure. (Bryan 204–207.)
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