First posted on November 21st 2004, last revised on November 24th 2004






Timeline : New Caledonia


c. 1000 B.C.
1774
1792
1830
1840
1840
1850
1853
1860-1862
1862
1864-1897
1866
1874
1878
1882
1884
1888
1917
1940
1945
1946
1949
1953
1957
1958
1960es
1976
1984
1986
1987
1989
1998
Lapita stoneware used on New Caledonia
English navigator James Cook visited the islands, named them "New Caledonia"
Islands visited by French navigator Bruni d'Entrecasteaux
First English missionary arrived; were consumed by local cannibals
First French missionaries arrived; were consumed by local cannibals
Arrival of British, American whalers
French surveyors arrived; were consumed by local cannibals
French forces occupied the islands; islands annexed by France
First postage stamps for New Caledonia issued
Lighthouse at Noumea constructed
New Caledonia served as a penal colony
Loyalty Islands were incorporated into Colony of New Caledonia
Banque de la Nouvelle Caledonie established; issued banknotes
Major Canaque revolt
Regular steam liner services connected Marseille and Noumea
Administration of New Caledonia transferred from military administration to civilian governor
Wallis and Futuna were placed administratively under New Caledonia
Canaque revolt
WW II; New Caledonia recognized the Free French administration in Brazzaville
Colonies Françaises du Pacifique Franc created for N.Caledonia, W&F, Fr. Pol.
New Caledonia proclaimed French Overseas Territory
Coins were issued for New Caledonia
First political party, Union Caledonienne, founded
Canaques granted right to vote
Council of Government, for the first time, elected
Nickel boom
Competences of Council of Government extended
National Kanak Socialist Liberation Front (FLNKS) founded
U.N. put New Caledonia on decolonization list
Referendum resulted in vote for maintaining ties with France; boycotted by FLNKS
FLNKS leader Jean-Marie Tjibaou assassinated
Referendum resulted in vote for maintaining ties with France, extending autonomy




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History of New Caledonia, from Tourism South
A Short History of New Caledonia, from Election World
History of New Caledonia, from Pacific Navigator
Article New Caledonia, from Wikipedia
Amedee Lighthouse History
New Caledonia, from Sandafayre Stamp Atlas
Banknotes of New Caledonia, from World Paper Money
A Global History of Currencies : New Caledonia, posted by Bryan Taylor
Article New Caledonia, from Catholic Encyclopedia
Chronology of Catholic Dioceses - New Caledonia