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Vanuatu History and Culture

The island group of which Vanuatu is a part has been settled since 500BC. Up to and beyond the 13th century AD it was at the heart of the empire of Tonga.
During the 19th century the islands making up Vanuatu, were settled by British and French missionaries, planters and traders. The UK and France eventually agreed on a condominium over the two islands.
After the Second World War, a complex power struggle began between the islanders and the interests over the future political and economic course of the islands. The constitutional position was settled in 1977 at a conference in Paris between British, French and New Hebridean representatives at which it was agreed that the islands should become fully independent within three years.
At elections held in November 1979, just a few months before scheduled independence.

Vanuatu is recognised as one of the most culturally diverse countries in the world.
There are small communities of French, British, Australian, new Zealand, Vietnamese, Chinese and other Pacific Island people living in harmony with the Ni-Vanuatu.



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