History of Fiji
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First posted on November 22nd 2004






Timeline : Fiji


c 1500 B.C.
c 1000 A.D.
1643
1774
1789
1804
1835
1847
1854

1865
1867
1867
1871
1871
1874
1877
1877
1879
1881
1917
1920
1934
1942
1947
1954
1966
1969
1970
1978
1979
1987

1991
1992
1994
1997
1999
2000
2001
2003
2003
2004
First settlers arrived
Polynesians invaded, fought indigenous people
Dutch navigator Abel Tasman visited the islands
British navigator James Cook visited the islands
British navigator William Bligh visited the islands; he came a second time in 1792
British merchants, attracted by Fijian Sandalwood, established a trading post at Levuka
First missionaries arrived
Levuka burnt to the ground
Ratu Seru Cakobau accepted Christianity in 1854, the rest of the country soon followed
and tribal warfare came to an end
United tribes of Fiji (Confederation of Viti) formed
Missionary Thoms Baker consumed by local cannibals
Confederaton of Viti split into Kingdom of Bau, Confederation of Lau
Cokabau attempted to set up a central government (Kingdom of Viti); it collapsed in 1873
Provisional postage stamps and banknotes issued for Fiji
Fiji proclaimed a British crown colony
seat of administration moved from Levuka to Suva
British Western Pacific Territories established; administrative center Suva on Fiji
The First Indian indentured labourers were brought to Fiji
Rotuma annexed
Begin of issuance of Fijian banknotes
The import of Indians as indentured labourers was terminated
Fijian currency introduced - Fijian Pound
WW II; Fiji contributed 8,000 troops who fought on Guadalcanal
Population of Banaba Island (Ocean Island) relocated to Rabi Island, Fiji
Partially lected Legislative Council established
Self Government was introduced
Fijian Pound replaced by Fijian Dollar
Fiji was released into independence
Fijian soldiers participated in UN peacekeeping mission in South Lebanon
Fijian soldiers participated in UN mission that oversaw election in Rhodesia/Zimbabwe
Coup d'etat; democratically elected govt. ousdted, republic proclaimed, constitution
revised
Fijian soldiers participated in the liberation of Kuwait
Civilian rule reintroduced
Fijian soldiers served as peacekeepers in UN mission in Rwanda
constitution revised
Fijian soldiers served as peacekeepers in UN mission on East Timor
Coup d'etat against democratically elected govt.
Fijian soldiers served as peacekeepers in UN mission in Afghanistan
Fijian soldiers served as peacekeepers in UN mission on the Solomon Islands
Fijian soldiers served as peacekeepers in UN mission in Liberia
Fijian Vijay Singh became the world's top-ranked golfer




EXTERNAL
FILES
History of Fiji, from Lonely Planet
A Short History of the Fiji Islands, from Election World
History of Fiji, from Wikipedia
Fijian banknotes, from fijibure