Did the Beautiful Tonga Islands Take Your Heart?

The beautiful Tonga Islands might have taken your heart. If not yet, take a trip to many fascinating beautiful places in Tonga, through this page and some other pages about this beautiful country in the southern Pacific.

The beautiful locations that could take your breath in Tonga are on the beautiful Tongatapu Islands, the beautiful Vava'u Islands, the beautiful Ha'apai Islands and the beautiful Niuas Islands.

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What is most nice about the beautiful Tonga Islands is that although the 176 beautiful islands in Tonga lie at wide distances from each other but the people are socially and culturally tied to each other.

They have the same traditions, historically connected with their beliefs and way of living and they have one language, which is Tongan. However, in spite of the large number of islands, there are until recently, 52 inhabited islands in the Kingdom of Tonga.

The people are from a Polynesian origin, as the people of the beautiful Tuvalu Islands, the people of the beautiful Samoa Islands, the people of Wallis and Futuna Islands, the people of the beautiful Fiji Islands and some other islands on the Pacific.

In addition to their Polynesian Tongan language, the people of the beautiful Islands of Tonga speak English. It is also that the Kingdom of Tonga has remained independent and it has never fallen under the European colonization, like some islands in the Pacific Ocean.

The beautiful Tonga Islands or the archipelago of Tonga lie in the south Pacific Ocean, southeast of Fiji, west of Cook Islands and southeast of Tuvalu and Wallis Futuna.

The total land area of the beautiful Tonga Islands is 748 square kilometres. However, the entire areas where the islands lie reach 700,000 square kilometres.

How Tonga was born? Is it the daughter of the sea?

The oral Tongan myth says that the great Polynesian god, Tangaloa has fished the entire islands out of the sea. A second Tongan legend says that a hero the Tongan call Maui has picked the islands from the sea one by one.

According to radiometric dating or radiocarbon dating; a technique to date materials and geological features, that the beautiful Tonga Islands has ancient Pacific archaeological culture as the other Polynesian islands, Micronesia and some areas of Melanesia.

Therefore, as such dating estimates, the Lapita people inhabited the beautiful Tonga Islands 3300, 3500 years ago and built their capital city at Toloa. People inhabited the islands in 1100 BC. The word Lapita itself is a term used in this regard to define that ancient culture.

Brief Historical Events in the Beautiful Tonga Islands:

The Tongan made Aho'eitu, the son of their mythical god Tangaloa and Ilaheva Va'epopua (from Papua) their first king and gave him the official title of king of Tonga, Tu'i Tonga in the 10th century. He withdrew from the empire in the 15th century and died in 1865 to begin a line of 40 kings.

Tonga empire expanded during the 14th century by sending its warriors out on the seas to include parts of Fiji and Niue; and island known as the Rock of Polynesia and reached Samoa, Tokelau and Solomon Islands. After that they used additional two titles for their kings such as Tu'i Ha'atakalaua and Tu'i Kanokupolu.

The European began to arrive first starting of 1643, when the Dutch explorer, Abel Tasman reached the islands and the exploration followed by a missionary from London Missionary Society that arrived to the beautiful Tonga Islands in 1747.

Captain James Cook arrived on it in 1773 and 1777 and named the archipelago of Tonga "The Friendly Islands", when he received warmly during the annual inasi festival; a festival designed to give the first fruits to the Tu'i Tonga. William Mariner followed him in 1802 and Walter Lawy arrived in 1822. See the "Useful Resources" section.

The missionaries baptised the Tu'i Tonga as George to become King George Tupou 1 in 1831, but he kept the title of Tu'i Kanokupola. He then looked to expand his influence over other semi-sovereign islands in the group, added them and the beautiful Vava'u Islands to his realm in 1845 and united Tonga.

The beautiful Tonga Islands began to witness a progress in the political development there, as the islands have their flag, national anthem and the King George Tupou 1 and the Prime Minister Reverend Shirley Baker built the institutional authorities and achieved the constitution to pass in during the sessions in 1875.

Queen Salote assumed the throne after the death of her father, King George Tupou 11 in 1918, at the age of 18. She was successful, though. She developed the education and the medicine in the beautiful Tonga Islands.

Sge also gained good domestic and worldwide reputation to leave a strong impact on Tongans, upon her death in 1965, as the natives regarded her as the mother of their state and mourned her as her children.

Her son, King Taua'ahau Tupou V1 led the beautiful Tonga Islands to join the Commonwealth. He studied in Newington College and then studied law at the University of Sydney.

His mother, Queen Salote appointed him as Minister of Education in 1943, Minister of Health in 1944 and PM in 1949. King Taua'ahau Tupou V1 influenced the aristocrats and built a capitalist system challenged by the Tongan workers who led continuous demonstrations against his capitalist system. He died in 2006.

His eldest son, Siaosi Taufa'ahau Manumataongo became King George Tupou V. He studied in the primary school in Switzerland, the secondary school in King's College in Auckland, the Leys School in Cambridge, Oxford University and the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst in England.

The king achieved some legislative reforms and full representative elections followed. For the first time in the beautiful Tonga Islands, the people elected Siale' ataongo Tu' ivakano to become the Prime Minister.

The beautiful Tonga Islands comprise four major island groups. Those islands from the north to the south are the beautiful Tongatapu Islands, the beautiful Ha'apai Islands, the beautiful Vavau Islands and the beautiful Niuas Islands. Note that Niuas is not the beautiful Niue Island.

For more information about the beautiful Tonga Islands, see the "Useful Resources" section, the second section below the form and continue at Tonga and 100 beautiful places in Tongatapu here.

Useful Ressources:

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Tradition versus Democracy in the South Pacific: Fiji, Tonga and Western Samoa (Cambridge Asia-Pacific Studies) - The study here analyzes the ways in which the political elites use the idea of "tradition" to legitimize certain practices and institutions. Within this framework, the case studies focus on constitutional development and the chiefly power in Fiji.

In addition, it takes the monarchy and the Pro-Democracy Movement in Tonga, and the political issues surrounding the move to universal suffrage in Western Samoa. The source book provides a critical approach to the political implications of romanticizing non-Western cultural traditions, especially in terms of democratic development.

Flowers of the Pacific Island Seashore: A Guide to the Littoral Plants of Hawaii, Tahiti, Samoa, Tonga, Cook Islands, Fiji and Micronesia

The 2011 Tonga Economic and Product Market Databook - In performing various economic analyses for its clients, I investigate the market potential for various products and services in Tonga. The purpose of this study is to understand the density of demand within Tonga and the extent to which Nuku'alofa goes as a point of distribution within Oceana.

From an economic perspective, however, Nuku'alofa does not represent a population within rigid geographical boundaries; rather, it represents an area of dominant influence over markets in adjacent areas. This influence varies from one industry to another, but also from one period to another.

A Guide to the Birds of Fiji and Western Polynesia: Including American Samoa, Niue, Samoa, Tokelau, Tonga, Tuvalu and Wallis and Futuna - Here is a completely revised and re-formatted edition of the widely acclaimed "Birds of Fiji, Tonga and Samoa" written by the same author in 1982, and now out-of-print. It contains detailed species accounts for the 173 species with confirmed records in the region and notes on a further 22 species with unconfirmed records.

The volume includes every breeding bird and regular migrant illustrated on 16 colour plates. The guide has a detailed distributional coverage of the region's birds and an up-to-date checklist for each of the countries covered. It discusses conservation, with the current status of the region's avifauna, past and present threats, and priority conservation needs.

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