The island of Funafuta is named Ellice Island after the British politician whose ship visited the island. The name is later applied to all nine islands.
Britain sets up the Western Pacific High Commission with its headquarters in Fiji. The Ellice Islands are under its jurisdiction.
Britain declares a joint protectorate over the Gilbert and Ellice Islands.
The Gilbert and Ellice Islands Colony is formed and is joined by other island groups over the next 20 years.
The Ellice Islands become a separate British dependency under the pre-colonial name of Tuvalu.
Tuvalu achieves independence.
Britain, New Zealand, and Australia set up the Tuvalu Trust Fund to provide development aid to the country.
Tuvalu is admitted to the United Nations.