Ribaberikin Kiribati (Republic of Kiribati)
  • Barry Turner
Part of the The Statesman’s Yearbook book series (SYBK)


The islands that now constitute Kiribati were first settled by early Austronesian-speaking peoples long before the 1st century AD. Fijians and Tongans arrived about the 14th century and subsequently merged with the older groups to form the traditional I-Kiribati Micronesian society and culture. The Gilbert and Ellice Islands were proclaimed a British protectorate in 1892 and annexed at the request of the native governments as the Gilbert and Ellice Islands Colony on 10 Nov. 1915. On 1 Oct. 1975 the Ellice Islands severed constitutional links with the Gilbert Islands and took on a new name, Tuvalu. The Gilberts achieved full independence as Kiribati in 1979. Internal self-government was obtained on 1 Nov. 1976 and independence on 12 July 1979 as the Republic of Kiribati.


Fiji Island Line Island Confidence Motion Palmyra Atoll Phoenix Island 
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Further Reading

  1. Tearo, T., Coming of Age. Tarawa, 1989Google Scholar

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