History of Kiribati
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Kiribati
First posted on November 22nd 2004






Timeline : Kiribati (formerly Gilbert Islands)


c. 1st c. A.D.
c. 1400
1537
1606
1765
1788
1837
1841
1857
1877

1886
1888
1892
1900
1911
1915
1916
1919
1937
1942-1943
1943
1957-1962
1963
1966
1974
1975

1976
1979
1979
1995
1999
First settlers arrived
settlers from Fiji, Tonga arrived
Spanish navigator Hernando de Grijalva first European visitor
Spanish navigator de Quiros visited Butaritari
British navigator John Bryon sighted Nikinau
British navigator Thomas Gilbert sighted Tarawa; island group named after him
First Europeans settled
Crew of USS Peacock raided Utiroa village on Tabiteuea
First missionary station established
Britain established Western Pacific Order in Council as institution to deal with British
residents on various Pacific Islands
Anglo-German agreement assigned Ellice Islands into British sphere of interest
Arrival of the first French Catholic missionaries
Britain declared protectorate over Gilbert Islands
Banaba (Ocean Island) was annexed
The first postage stamps were issued for the Gilbert and Ellice Islands
Line, Phoenix Islands annexed
Gilbert, Ellice Islands protectorates merged into Gilbert and Ellice Island Colony
Christmas Atoll annexed
Phoenix Island annexed
Japanese occupation
Battle of Tarawa; U.S. forces defeated Japanese
The Britisdh conducted test explosions of Hydrogen Bombs in Kiribati waters
Islanders granted advisory role in administration of the islands
Australian Pound replaced by Australian Dollar as currency
Ellice Islands opted for separation from Gilbert Islands
Inhabitants of Banaba (Ocean Island) sud for compensation for the damage done
to their island by phosphate mining
Gilbert and Ellice Islands Colony dissolved into two separate colonies
Gilbert Islans released into independence; renamed Kiribati
Kiribati maintained Australian Dollar as currency
International Date Line removed to eastern boder of Kiribati
Kiribati admitted to U.N.




EXTERNAL
FILES
History of Kiribati, from Lonely Planet, from German Foreign Office
A Short History of Kiribati, from Abacci Atlas; by Jane Resture
A Global History of Currencies : Kiribati, posted by Byan Taylor
Gilbert and Ellice Islands, from Sandafayre Stamp Atlas