Sleeping Giant Mountain Jungle. Fiji Archipelago - The Cannibal Islands. South Pacific. 2010 © Nora de Angelli / www.noraphotos.com
Fiji Islands were formed through volcanic activity started around 150 million years ago. The first voyaging people came to these islands from the west about 5000 years ago.
In the 17th and 18th centuries, the Dutch and the British explored Fiji. Fijians first impressed themselves on European consciousness through the writings of the members of the expeditions of Cook who met them in Tonga. Living deep in the heart of the humid jungles of these equatorial islands, Fijians were described as formidable warriors and ferocious cannibals, builders of the finest vessels in the Pacific. The ferocity of the cannibal lifestyle deterred European sailors from going near Fijian waters, giving Fiji the name Cannibal Isles.
They called their home Viti, but the Tongans called it Fisi, and it was by this foreign pronunciation, Fiji, first promulgated by Captain James Cook, that these islands are now known. The country comprises an archipelago of more than 332 islands, of which 110 are permanently inhabited, and more than 500 islets – atolls.
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