In the early 20th century, several British and Australian companies began large scale coconut plantations on the islands and at around the same period missionaries arrived, converting many Solomon Islanders to Christianity.
A rise in nationalist sentiment following WWII eventually led to the country's independence in 1978.
However, the earliest date of known human habitation has been put at 1300-1000BC from carbon dating remains that were found in a cave on Guadalcanal.
Indigenous Solomon Islanders have their own origin stories, differing between tribes and islands but commonly indicating that they originated from within the islands rather than arriving from somewhere far away.
The first official European contact was the sighting by Spanish explorer Mendana in 1568.
Original name (with diacritics) of the place is Auki.
Original name (with diacritics) of the place is Malaita Province. Malaita Province maps, photos and images from google.
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There are a number of different dates and explanations about how the Solomon Islands was first settled.
It is said that he named the country Isle de Solomon after the riches of King Solomon and the biblical land of gold.
Mendana was followed by missionaries, traders, labour recruiters and colonial administrators from many countries in Europe and Asia.
In 1893, the British declared a protectorate over some of the islands in response to the German annexation of others.
By 1900 Germany agreed to cede their interests to Britain and the Solomons came entirely under British rule.