Tonga: History

  1. 1616

    Dutch explorers are the first Europeans to visit Tonga.

  2. 1900

    Tonga becomes a British protected state, but it is not formally colonized.

  3. 1958

    Tonga receives greater autonomy from Britain.

  4. 1970

    Tonga becomes fully independent within the British Commonwealth.

  5. 2005

    Tonga is admitted to the World Trade Organization.

  6. 2006

    Riots erupt in Nuku'alofa, Tonga's capital city, in protest to the lack of democratic reforms. As a result of the protests, much of the business district is destroyed.


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