• The islands are named the Gilbert Islands after a British naval captain.
  • Britain declares a protectorate over the Gilbert Islands and the nearby Ellice Islands.
  • The colony is divided into two separate territories: the Gilbert Islands and the Ellice Islands.
  • The Gilbert Islands become an independent republic within the British Commonwealth and are renamed Kiribati.
  • Kiribati is admitted to the United Nations.
  • Kiribati creates the world's third-largest marine reserve.


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