Imperialism In Fiji

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Fiji Fiji has generally been thought to have been settled between 2000 and 1000 BCE. More recent work suggest that the first settlement may actually be even earlier, possible as early as 8000 BCE. It is typically thought that Austronesian peoples first migrated to Fiji followed about 1000 years later by Melanesians. The Tu'i Tonga Empire included Fiji from within in the 10th century until its fall in the 13th century. This Tongan empire brought Polynesian culture and language into Fiji, though most indigenous Fijians are Melanesians.
The islands were first recorded by a western explorer in 1643 when Dutch explorer Abel Janszoon Tasman visited northeastern Fiji. European trade came heavily to Fiji in the early nineteenth century. There was extensive trade in Fijian produced sandalwood and beche-de-mer for many European tools including muskets. This led to the establishment of the first European settlement, Levuka, in 1822. Missionaries first came to Fiji in 1830 from the London Missionary Society via Tonga. They were followed by Tongan Prince Enele Ma'afu supported Methodist missionaries in 1835. Fierce warfare amongst rival small
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He adopted a series of policies that were intended to protect iTaukei. Central to these was his ban on further land sales (requiring the remaining land be leased) and a prohibition on using iTaukei labourers on the plantations (theoretically to protect them from exploitation). He also elected to allow the chiefs to maintain control of their local areas and established the Great Council of Chiefs as an advisory body. Fijians were also prohibited from enlisting in World War I, again in an attempt to protect them. Though these measures allowed for a reasonably good, though highly paternalistic, colonial experience for iTaukei, the prohibition on using iTaukei labourers was problematic for European plantation owners whose models depended upon cheap
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