There are over 3500 years of native history on the more than 300 islands that make up the Pacific island nation. The history of Fiji, as we know it, starts in the late 17th century and the early 18th century. Beginning in the 1640s, sailors began to pass by and briefly land on these islands. As far as history is concerned, it is accepted that Fiji was "discovered" by the world in 1789 by Captain William Bligh.
The first Europeans to credited with landing on Fiji were runaway convicts from the Australian penal colonies as well as sailors from around the world. In the mid-19th century, missionaries began traveling to the island to bring Christianity to the native people. One of the issues that visitors found on Fiji was plenty of tribal fighting for power on the islands. The first Europeans to credited with landing on Fiji were runaway convicts from the Australian penal colonies as well as sailors from around the world. In the mid-19th century, missionaries began traveling to the island to bring Christianity to the native people. One of the issues that visitors found on Fiji was plenty of tribal fighting for power on the islands.
That tribal fighting finally gave way to Fiji yielding to rule by the United Kingdom in 1874. Governor Sir Arthur Gordon was the first British governor on the island. He implemented the plantation system to grow sugar cane on the island as a way to create an economy on the islands of Fiji. With this system, he also brought in the Australian Sugar Refining Company to export and sell the sugar they grew.
After 100 years of British rule, Fiji gained its' independence on October 10, 1974. One of the essential parts of the Fijian economy is tourism.
Currency of Fiji
The Fijian dollar is the currency of the island nation of Fiji. It is nice that the U.S. dollar is also accepted at many places on the islands as well. There are ATMs available all over the island.
Most major credit cards are widely accepted at the large hotels, many restaurants, and shopping centers on the island. Also, some banks will offer travelers currency exchange and travelers check services, including the Westpac Bank, the Colonial National Bank, and the ANZ Bank.
Have you had the pleasure of exploring the island of Fiji? There are so many places of interest that you can visit and spend some quality time with someone special at the same time. Your travel journal will be filled with wonderful memories to look back on long after you return home! Here are some highlights I recommend that will help you make the most of your trip!
This exotic country in the Pacific Ocean is certainly captivating. Its beauty is undeniable, so it's no wonder the archipelago of more than 300 islands is one very desirable getaway destinations in the world. The natural allure of Fiji isn't the only reason to visit though. There are endless adventures in the country, which is why so many come back time and time again. Here are some of the best things to do, see, and experience in Fiji…