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The Solomon Islands is made up of more than 35 islands and
numerous atolls in the south-western Pacific Ocean.
Solomon Islands Travel and Tourist Information
with links to official travel and tourism websites and state resources
for visitors to Solomon Islands.
Guadalcanal, Historical Overview of The Solomon
Islands, The Main Solomon Islands.
The Spanish navigator, Alvaro de Mendana de Neyra, visited the
region in 1568, and gave the Solomon Islands their name.
Two hundred years later, the northern islands were explored by
Louis Antoine de Bougainville.
Although geographically speaking, Bougainville and Buka are part of
the Solomon Islands; politically, they are a part of Papua New Guinea.
At the end of the nineteenth century, the Germans controlled the
northern Solomons, while the British declared a protectorate over the central and southern
Bougainville and Buka were transferred to the British in 1900.
The Japanese occupied most of the Solomons during World War II, with
heavy fighting on and around Guadalcanal.
Solomon Islands gained independence from Britain, on July 7th, 1978.
The main islands in The Solomons are: Guadalcanal, New
Georgia, Vella Lavella, Choiseul, Santa Isabel, Malaita, and Makira (formerly San
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Honiara, Uepi Island.
Guadalcanal is the largest island; where the capital Honiara is
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