Thursday, August 11, 2016

Fiji



110 of Fiji's 330 islands are permanently inhabited. 87% of the population live on two of them.  The first people, likely Polynesians, arrived anywhere between 3500 and 1000 BC. The first settlements came from voyagers from the West. In 1884, it became a British Colony at the same time as Berlin Conference kicked off the Scramble for Africa on the opposite side of the world. The majority of Fijians are Melanesians. Melanesia extends from the western edge of the Pacific Ocean to the Arafura Sea, and Fiji. Like South Africa, a significant number (about 38%) of Fijians were brought there by the British as Indentured Labourers from India. Like South Africa, Fiji is full of Rugby fanatics. The Fijian team has won the Hong Kong Sevens a record 15 times.

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