Solomon Islands: History

  1. 1899

    The northern Solomon Islands are ceded to the United Kingdom by Germany. The United Kingdom had controlled the southern Solomon Islands since 1893.

  2. 1976

    The Solomon Islands become fully self-governing.

  3. 1978

    The islands achieve independence within the British Commonwealth.

  4. 2002

    Economic and social conditions worsen as the government is unable to pay wages and fund services.

  5. 2003

    Prime Minister Kemakeza asks for military help from Australia and New Zealand, as the country threatens to spiral into anarchy.


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