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|B.C.||Inhabited by Lapita people from Asia.|
|1643||Visited by the Dutch.|
|1774||Visited by Captain Cook of England.|
|1792||William Bligh explored the Islands.|
|1800||Traders visited to get sandalwood.|
|1854||Chief Ratu Cakobau, A Fijian, became a Christian through the efforts of Methodist missionaries. He united rival tribes and ended cannibalism.|
|1871||Ratu Cakobau became King of Fiji.|
|1874||Fiji became a colony of the British.|
|1879||Large numbers of immigrants from India were brought in to work in the sugar plantations. As a consequence slightly more than half of the population of Fiji today is Indian.|
|1943||Fiji was occupied by Allied forces. Fijiians served in the army. Indian immigrants did not serve in the army.|
|1954||LDS missionaries began serving in Fiji.|
|1970||Fiji became independent.|
|1971||The Fijiian mission of the LDS Church was created.|
|1975||The LDS Church opened a technical college.|
|1983||The first LDS stake is created.|
|1987||Political rivalry of Fijiians and Indians brought on a coup and military rule by Fijiians.|
|1998||A new constitution provides for a multiracial cabinet.|
|1999||There were about 12,000 LDS Church members.|
An LDS temple was dedicated in Fiji and there are 4 stakes established.
After many encounters with explorers, William Bligh explored Fiji in 1792. At the beginning of the 19th century, foreign interest increased with the discovery of sandalwood. Sandalwood was soon depleted. Methodism established itself with the conversion in 1854 of Fiji’s ruler, Ratu Seru Cakobau. Roman Catholic and Anglican missionaries had less success. Great Britain made Fiji a colony in 1874. From 1879-1916, the British brought in indentured Indian laborers to work on sugar plantations. Many of these Indian immigrants settled permanently in Fiji. Fiji was occupied by Allied forces during World War II. There has been continued strife between native Fijians and Indians.
- The Family History Department of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, “Family History Record Profile: Melanesia,” Word document, private files of the FamilySearch Content Strategy Team, 1987-2000.