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Saturday, July 4, 2009

Why Is Kingdom of Tonga Known As The Friendly Islands?

The nation of Tonga consists of 150 islands spread over 100,000 square miles of ocean in the South Pacific. The total area of these islands is just 270 square miles, and Tonga's 93,000 people live on only 45 of the islands.

The English explorer James Cook discovered these islands in the eighteenth century and called one of them Friendly Island because of the peaceful Polynesian people he found there. Eventually, the entire island group was known as the Friendly Islands and came under the control of Britain. Tonga regained its independence in 1970

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