The Dutch explorer Abel Tasman discovers the Fiji islands, already settled by Melanesian and Polynesian populations.
Cakobau sells the capital, Suva, to an Australian company.
Cakobau and other chiefs cede Fiji and it becomes a British crown colony.
Plantation agriculture and indentured servitude become widespread on the island.
The use of indentured servitude comes to an end.
Fiji gains independence within the Commonwealth of Nations.
Fiji is declared a republic after a series of military coups.
Fiji makes a new constitution that rescinds the provisions favoring ethnic Fijians, allowing the country to be readmitted to the Commonwealth of Nations.
A military coup takes out the prime minister and sets up a military regime; the Commonwealth suspends Fiji.
President Iloilo repeals the constitution and imposes martial law; Fiji is suspended from the Pacific Islands Forum regional bloc.
The government reveals a new constitution which will give way for free elections.