Originally Buddhist, the Maldivians are introduced to and converted to Islam.
Portugal occupies the islands before being driven away by the locals.
The islands officially combine to become a self-governing British protectorate.
The first democratic constitution is implemented, making the sultanate an elected position.
The Maldives become completely independent from Britain.
The sultanate is abolished in a referendum and replaced by a republic with Ibrahim Nasir as president.
The Maldives rejoin the British Commonwealth.
A tourist industry is developed, bringing the islands great economic growth.
Government officials say that development in the Maldives has been set back by 20 years after a devastating tsunami hits the islands, leaving hundreds dead.
A new constitution is approved and ratified that sets up a presidential system of government with multi-party elections.
New president Mohamed Nasheed announces his plan for the Maldives to become carbon neutral in ten years by moving to renewable energy sources.