Geo. history timeline

By aserbus
  • May 24, 600

    Start of Fiji

    "According to Fijian legend, the great chief Lutunasobasoba led his people across the seas to the new land of Fiji."
  • 1643

    On accident Europeans discovered the Fiji group.
    The first of these discoveries were made by the Dutch explorer in 1643. His name was Abel Tasman an English navigator.
  • 1774

    Captain James Cook sailed through Fiji in 1774, and made further exploration in the 18th century.
  • 1789

    A lot of the credit for discovering the Island went to Captain William Bligh who sailed through Fiji in 1789
  • 1854

    Canabalism was practiced in Fiji but When Ratu Seru Cakobau ( their leader) accepted Christianity in 1854, the rest of the country soon followed and tribal warfare came to an end.
  • 1860

    Fiji became very attractive to people because of the belief that the British were going to tame it.
  • 1870

    By 1870 the European population numbered more than 2000
  • 1871

    "In 1871 the Cakobau government was established at the old whaling port of Levuka."
  • 1874

    "On 10 October 1874 the deed of cession was signed in Nasova, near Levuka. Fiji had become a crown colony."
  • 1879

    In 1879 Fijians were ndentured labourers to work in the sugar plantations.
  • 1879

    'On 14 May 1879 the era of the Indian in Fiji began."
  • 19th century

    The first Europeans to like among the Fijians were shipwrecked sailors, convicts, and missionaries in the 19th century.
  • 1916

    The indentured system was abolished so many fijians made independant farms and farmed their own suger and vegitables.
  • 20th century

    "As the country now diversifies into small scale industries, the economy is strengthened and revenues provide for expanded public works, medical services and education."
  • 20th century

    "Today, Fiji plays a major role in regional affairs and is recognized as the focal point of the South Pacific."