French Polynesia
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First posted on November 24th 2004






Timeline : French Polynesia

c. 300 A.D.
c. 500 A.D.
c. 800 A.D.
c. 1000 A.D.
1521
1722
1767
1768
1769
1774
1797
1813

1834
1836
1838
1842
1843
1844
1844-1847
1856
1880

1881
1885
1888
1888
1889
1889
1891
1892
1897
1900
1903
1914
1914-1918
1918
1940
1942
1945
1946
1957
1962
1974
1977
1984
1985
1987
1996
Tahiti settled by Polynesians
Polynesians from Tahiti settled Hawaii
Polynesians from Tahiti settled Society Islands
Polynesians from Tahiti settled New Zealand
Portuguese navigator Ferdinand Magellan sighted Pukapuka
Dutch navigator Jakob Roggeveen sighted Bora Bora
British navigator Samuel Wallis visited Tahiti
French navigator Louis-Antoine de Bougainville visited Tahiti
British navigator James Cook visited Tahiti in 1769
Two Spanish priests stayed on Tahiti for a year
Protestant missionary James Wilson arrived on Tahiti
U.S. Captain David Porter annexed Nuku Hiva for the U.S.; an annexation never
ratified by Congress
French Catholic missionaries arrived on Tahiti
The French missionaries were expelled from Tahiti
Tahiti requested British protection
France declared Tahiti, Tahuata French protectorate
Tahiti's capital Papeete founded
Gambier rchipelago placed under French protection
Tahitian revolt against French rule
Begin of Chinese immigration
France annexed Tahiti (status changed from protectorate to colony);
colony called Etablisements de l'Oceanie
France annexed Gambier Archipelago
France appointed a governor, establishd a general council
Rimatara, Rurutu asked for British protection
France annexed Rimatara, Rurutu
Begin of issuance of banknotes
Austral Islands Archipelago placed under French protection
French painter Paul Gauguin moved to Tahiti
First postage stamps issued
Huahine annexed by France
Austral Islands Archipelago annexed by France
Colony renamed Etablissements Françaises de l'Oceanie
Early in WW I, Papeete as shelled by a German cruiser
1000 Polynesians fought in WW I
Influenza epidemic killed 20 % of the colony's population
Etablissements Françaises de l'Oceanie recognized the Free French administration in Brazzaville
U.S. soldiers stationed on Tahiti
Colonies Françaises du Pacifique Franc created for N.Caledonia, W&F, Fr. Pol.
Etablissements Françaises de l'Oceanie granted status of overseas territory
Territory renamed into French Polynesia
France began to conduct nuclear bomb test explosions on Moruroa Atoll
France began to conduct underground nuclear bomb test explosions on Moruroa
Limited self-government introduced
Autonomy extended
Begin of issuance of separate banknotes for French Polynesia
French University of the Pacific established
France terminated nuclear bomb tests on Moruroa




EXTERNAL
FILES
History, from Tahiti1
History of French Polynesia, from Lonely Planet
A Short History of French Polynesia, from Election World
Global History of Currencies : French Polynesia posted by Bryan Taylor