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      • Tonga was first inhabited about 3,000 years ago by Austronesian-speaking people of the Lapita culture, best known from their elaborately decorated pottery. From at least the 10th century ce Tonga was ruled by a line of sacred kings and queens, the Tu‘i Tonga.
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  2. Jan 11, 2023 · In 1799, Tonga fell into a new round of civil wars over succession. Wesleyan missionaries arrived in 1822, quickly converting the population. In the 1830s, a low-ranking chief from Ha’apai began to consolidate control over the islands and won the support of the missionaries by declaring that he would dedicate Tonga to God.

  3. Jan 23, 2023 · Introduction Background The first humans settled Wallis and Futuna around 800 B.C. The islands were a natural midpoint between Fiji and Samoa. Around A.D. 1500, Tongans invaded Wallis and a chiefdom system resembling Tonga’s formal hierarchy developed on the island. Tongans attempted to settle Futuna but were repeatedly rebuffed.

  4. Dec 30, 2022 · He was formerly Professor of History & Politics at the multinational University of the South Pacific in Fiji, and is the author of Worlds Apart: A History of the Pacific Islands, Island Kingdom: Tonga Ancient and Modern, and Tonga’s Path to Democracy, among other works, as well as numerous journal articles, book chapters and encyclopaedia ...

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  5. Jan 17, 2023 · Hunga-Tonga produced the biggest atmospheric disturbance in instrumented history Because the pressure disturbance only moves at 330m/s, it takes a while to move across the network, producing the ...

  6. Jan 14, 2023 · When Hunga-Tonga-Hunga Ha'apai went off, it sent a shockwave around the world, produced a plume of water and ash that soared higher into the atmosphere than any other on record, and triggered...

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