Table of Contents
- 1 When did Tonga invade Samoa?
- 2 Did Tonga rule over Samoa?
- 3 When was Tonga first settled?
- 4 Has Tonga been colonized?
- 5 Where did the Tongan people originally come from?
- 6 Did the British colonize Tonga?
- 7 Why was Samoa sold off to New Zealand?
- 8 When did Western Samoa gain its independence from New Zealand?
When did Tonga invade Samoa?
950 AD Tongans conquer Samoa and rule until Tuna, Fata’, and Savea drove them from the country.
Did Tonga rule over Samoa?
In ancient times the Samoans had a ruler over each District and although he was called a King he was not in control of the whole of the Islands. It was during this time that the Tongans came to and gained the mastery of Samoa. Their leader was the King of Tonga who was named Talaaifeii Tuitoga.
Who first colonized Tonga?
The first Europeans arrived in 1616, when the Dutch explorers Willem Schouten and Jacob Le Maire spotted Tongans in a canoe off the coast of Niuatoputapu, and the famous Abel Tasman followed soon after.
Was Tonga invaded?
Here is the last of the Polynesian kingdoms, a country that has never been conquered or even invaded, although it has been under British influence since Methodist missionaries landed there a century and a half ago and converted a local chieftain who later became king. (Tonga is now part of the British Commonwealth.)
When was Tonga first settled?
about 3,000 years ago
Tonga was first inhabited about 3,000 years ago by Austronesian-speaking people of the Lapita culture, best known from their elaborately decorated pottery. From at least the 10th century ce Tonga was ruled by a line of sacred kings and queens, the Tu’i Tonga.
Has Tonga been colonized?
A former British protectorate, Tonga became fully independent in 1970, though it was never formally colonised. Tonga has no strategic or mineral resources and relies on agriculture, fishing and the money sent home by Tongans living abroad, many of them in New Zealand.
When was Tonga Colonised?
An Austronesian-speaking group linked to the archaeological construct known as the Lapita cultural complex reached and colonised Tonga around 1500–1000 BCE.
Did the Japanese occupy Tonga?
Just days after the Japanese raid on Pearl Harbor, Tonga declared war on Japan, and the Tongan Defense Force prepared to defend its’ native homeland against a possible invasion. Civilians were evacuated from Nuku’alofa while the military hastily littered the beaches of Tongatapu with barbed wire and trenches.
Where did the Tongan people originally come from?
Their original base population is Asian. They were straight out of Taiwan and perhaps the northern Philippines. The origins of Vanuatu and Tonga’s first inhabitants has been revealed in a surprise discovery made by ANU archaeologists in the first major study of ancient DNA (aDNA) from the Pacific Islands.
Did the British colonize Tonga?
Where did the people of Tonga and Samoa come from?
I mean scientifically speaking either Tongans originated from Samoan, or Samoans originated from Tonga, because people arrived from different islands to get to both islands. To say that two different peoples found and colonised two neighboring islands is not only unlikely but it’s absurd.
What was the history of the Kingdom of Tonga?
The history of Tonga is recorded since the century after 900 BC, when seafarers associated with the Lapita diaspora first settled the islands which now make up the Kingdom of Tonga. Along with Fiji and Samoa, the area served as a gateway into the rest of the Pacific region known as Polynesia.
Why was Samoa sold off to New Zealand?
Britain traded off Samoa for concessions in Tonga, the Solomon Islands, Niue and Africa, including Zanzibar. The arrangements were vigorously opposed in New Zealand as a sell-out of colonial interests. On the outbreak of war in Europe in 1914, New Zealand sent a military expedition to take control of Western Samoa.
When did Western Samoa gain its independence from New Zealand?
The New Zealand government administered Western Samoa under the auspices of the League of Nations and then as a UN trusteeship until independence in 1962. Western Samoa was the first Pacific Island country to gain its independence (US Department of State, Accessed September 2, 2007).