Solomon Islands

  • Barry Turner
Part of the The Statesman’s Yearbook book series (SYBK)


The Solomon Islands were discovered by Europeans in 1568 but 200 years passed before contact was made again. The southern Solomon Islands were placed under British protection in 1893; the eastern and southern outliers were added in 1898 and 1899. Santa Isabel and the other islands to the north were ceded by Germany in 1900. Full internal self-government was achieved on 2 Jan. 1976 and independence on 7 July 1978.


Prime Minister Solomon Island Democratic Party Provincial Centre Customary Land 
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Further Reading

  1. Bennett, J. A., Wealth of the Solomons: A History of a Pacific Archipelago, 1800–1978. 1987Google Scholar
  2. Fraenkel, Jonathan, Manipulation of Custom: From Uprising to Intervention in the Solomon Islands. 2005Google Scholar
  3. White, Geoffrey M., Identity Through History: Living Stories in a Solomon Islands Society. 2003Google Scholar
  4. National Statistical Office: Solomon Islands National Statistical Office, PO Box G6, Department of Finance, Honiara.Google Scholar
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  • Barry Turner

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