Information about the Fiji Islands;

Once known as the Cannibal Isles, because of its ferocious natives, the South Pacific nation of Fiji is comprised of 322 islands. About 100 are inhabited, while the balance remain nature preserves. First settled by Polynesians, the Fiji islands were sort of discovered in 1643 by Abel Tasman, a Dutch explorer. In 1774, even Captain Cook anchored here, but it was Captain William Bligh of (Mutiny on the Bounty) fame that finally made them famous. In 1874 Fiji became a British Colony. It gained its independence in 1970, after nearly a century of British control. The majority of Fiji is mountainous (volcanic in origin) with several peaks exceeding 3000 ft. The balance of the smaller islands are a mixture of coral and limestone. Barrier reefs ring most islands.  Tourism dollars are Fiji's main source of income, followed by the sugar and garment industries. It's also rich in gold, coconut oil, seafood and lumber.  The exotic islands of Fiji are one of Oceania's most popular destinations.

Facts and Figures

Official Name Republic of Fiji

Population 818,000

Capital City Suva (177,000)

Languages English (official), Fijian

Official Currency Fiji Dollar

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Religions Christian, Hindu, others

Land Area 118,270 sq km (7,054 sq miles)

Latitude/Longitude 18º 00S, 175º 00E

Highest Point Mt. Victoria, 4,341 ft. (1,323 m)

 

Map Fiji


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