Country Fast Facts:Tonga



Tonga

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Tonga - unique among Pacific nations - never completely lost its indigenous governance.

The archipelagos of "The Friendly Islands" were united into a Polynesian kingdom in 1845.

Tonga became a constitutional monarchy in 1875 and a British protectorate in 1900; it withdrew from the protectorate and joined the Commonwealth of Nations in 1970.

Tonga remains the only monarchy in the Pacific.

Source: CIA World Fact Book