Posted on October 10, 2014
Today Fiji celebrates its independence from the United Kingdom in 1970.
Doesn't it seem like EVERY day we celebrate another country that gained its independence from the United Kingdom??? Just how big WAS the British Empire?
In the 1800s and the early 1900s, the British Empire was the largest empire that the world had ever – still has ever – seen! It was called the Empire on Which the Sun Never Set, because it included territories all around the world and in every (or almost every?) time zone. Adding up all the land area in these far-flung territories, it was about 13 million square miles (which is almost one-quarter of the Earth's land area.
Okay, so the British Empire was really large – now, can we get to Fiji?
|Well, looking at these photos, I would certainly LIKE to get to Fiji!|
For some reason, I have always thought of Fiji as just one island, but it's actually (as so many island nations are) an archipelago of volcanic islands and teeny islets: more than 332 islands and 500 islets! I was surprised to read that people live on 110 of the islands. So, really, really more than one island!
Fiji is lucky enough to have a lot of natural resources, including resources in its forests, minerals in the ground, and fish in its waters. But the main ways that Fijians make money is by providing services to tourists and by growing and selling sugar.
To learn more about Fiji, check out Easy Science for Kids.
|This is a beautiful example of the traditional tapa cloth.|
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