History of Solomon Islands
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Solomon Islands
First posted on November 22nd 2004






Timeline : Solomon Islands


c. 2000 B.C.
1568
1767
1849
1886


1893
1898
1899

1907
1914


1920
1927
1942
1942
1942
1947-1950
1950
1960
1966
1966
1968
1970
1976
1977
1978
1978
1979

1992-1993

1999

2003
Melanesians settled the islands
Spanish navigator Mendena de Neira visited the islands, named them after biblical King Solomon
Solomon Islands visited by British navigator Philip Carteret
Arrival of first missionaries
Anglo-German convention establishes German, British spheres of interest in the region.
The Northern Solomon Islands were allocated to Germany, the Southern Solomon Islands to
Britain
British protectorate established over Guadalcanal, Malaita, New Georgia, San Cristobal
The eastern islands were annexed into the British Solomon Islands
In return for British recognition of the German annexation of Western Samoa, Germany ceded
the Solomon Islands of Choiseul and Isabel to Britain
First postage stamps for British Solomon Islands issued
WW I; German New Guinea including the Northern Solomon Islands were occupied by Australian
forces; the Northern Solomons remained under the administration of New Guinea, were not
reunited with the British Solomon Islands
The British Pound Sterling was replaced by the Australian Pound as currency
A British tax collector and his company were killed by local tribesmen
WW II; Japanese occupation of all islands except for Isabel
WW II : Battle of Guadalcanal, island taken by allies; establishment of U.S. navy base
seat of administration moved from Tulagi to Honiara
Independence movement on Malaita
U.S. forces withdrew from Malaita
Legislative Council and Executive Council established
Apostolic Vicariate of the South Solomons elevated to Diocesis of Honiara
Australian Pound replaced by Australian Dollar as currency
University of the South Pacific (at Suva, Fiji) established; Solomon Islands among the owners
Government Council set up
Self Government introduced
Solomon Islands began issuing own currency, Solomon Islands Dollar
British Solomon Islands released into independence
Diocesis of Honiara elevated to Archdiocesis of Honiara
South Pacific Forum Fisheries Agency Convention held in Honiara; FFA established with seat
in Honiara
Solomon Islanders supported secessionists on Bougainville (Papua New Guinea); PNG forces
undertook incursions into Solomon Islands
Begin of civil war on Guadalcanal, between the local Gwale and the immigrant colony of Malaitans
who controlled capital Honiara
Arrival of an Australian-led international peacekeeping force




EXTERNAL
FILES
Article History of the Solomon Islands, from Wikipedia
History of the Solomon Islands, from Lonely Planet
A brief history of the Archdiocesis of Honiara, from Catholic Net
Solomon Islands History, from iexplore
Solomon Islands, from General Board of Global Ministries
Short History of the Solomon Islands, from Abacci Atlas
Pacific IGOs, from SPCpiocean.org
A Global History of Currencies : Solomon Islands