Solomon Islands

  • John Paxton
Part of the The Statesman’s Yearbook book series (SYBK)


The Solomon Islands were discovered in 1568 by Alvaro de Mendana, on a voyage of discovery from Peru; 200 years passed before European contact was again made with the Solomons. 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.


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Further Reading

  1. Solomon Islands Hand Book 1983. Government Information Service. Honiara, 1983Google Scholar
  2. Bennett, J. A., Wealth of the Solomons: A History of a Pacific Archipelago, 1800–1978. Univ. of Hawaii Press, 1987Google Scholar
  3. Kent, J., The Solomon Islands. Newton Abbot, 1972Google Scholar

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© Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Macmillan Publishers Limited 1989

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