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  2. › place › Fiji-republic-PacificFiji - History | Britannica

    When Fiji’s first settlers arrived from the islands of Melanesia at least 3,500 years ago, they carried with them a wide range of food plants, the pig, and a style of pottery known as Lapita ware. That pottery is generally associated with peoples who had well-developed skills in navigation and canoe building and were horticulturists.

  3. Across 1,000 kilometres (620 mi) from east to west, Fiji has been a nation of many languages. Fiji's history was one of settlement but also of mobility and over the centuries, a unique Fijian culture developed. Large elegant watercraft with rigged sails called drua were constructed in Fiji, some being exported to Tonga.

  4. Jul 03, 2022 · One of the most interesting facts about Fiji is its flag design (Shutterstock) 11. In the 2016 Olympic Games, Fiji won its first Olympic gold medal after beating Great Britain 43-7 in the rugby sevens. (Source: CNN) 12. In 1987 a coup by indigenous Fijians overthrew the elected Indian-dominated coalition government.

  5. Aug 22, 2022 · Fiji has a complex geologic history. Based on a submerged platform of ancient formation, the Fiji islands are largely the product of volcanic action, sedimentary deposit, and formations of coral. Viti Levu has an area of about 4,000 square miles (10,000 square km) and accounts for more than half of Fiji’s land area.

  6. Captain Cook passed through for the first time in 1774 before making several more visits. The first Europeans to settle in the islands began to arrive in the early 19th century. They were often shipwrecked sailors or escaped convicts from Australia. In the mid 19th century the missionaries began to arrive and the face of Fiji would change forever.

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