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The Solomons were first settled by Melanesian peoples some 4,000 years ago.

Extending about 900 miles in total length, the Solomons are a wide-spread archipelago of mountainous, (heavily forrested) volcanic islands (some active), and a few low-lying coral atolls.

Included in the mix are six major islands and approximately 1,000 smaller islands, all ending in the Santa Cruz Islands of the far southeast.

In the 16th century the Spanish (searching for gold) were the first Europeans to build scattered settlements here. All eventually failed, and the British subsequently established a protectorate over the Solomon Islands in 1893. It was then seized by the Japanese in 1942.

During World War II, some of the heaviest fighting of that war occurred in the Solomons, with the bloodiest and most decisive battle fought on the island of Guadalcanal.

After decades of nationalistic feelings, the Solomons achieved self-government in 1976, and independence from the UK in 1978. They remain a member of the British Commonwealth.

The major industries are agriculture, forestry and fishing. Tourism is a growing in economic impact, however, travelers are warned to be aware of potential ethnic violence and a rising crime rate.

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Facts and Figures

arrow Official Name Solomon Islands

arrow Population 496,200

arrow Capital City Honiara (54,600)

arrow Flag here

arrow Languages Melanesian (Pigin), others

arrow Official Currency Solomon Island Dollar

arrow Currency Converter here

arrow Religions Anglican, Catholic, others

arrow Land Area 28,900 sq km (11,158 sq miles)

arrow Latitude/Longitude 9º 43S, 159º 91E

arrow Highest Point Makarakomburu 8,028 ft. (2,447 m)



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arrow Climate Weather in the Solomons is generally warm and humid, though local temperatures are rarely excessive due to prevailing trade winds. Daytime highs are normally in the mid-80s.

November through March is the rainy season, with slightly warmer temperatures throughout the islands.

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