The Solomon Islands are located to the east of Papua New Guinea (PNG) and north of Vanuatu (New Hebrides).
The Solomon Islands have tremendous historical significance as the first American amphibious
operation of the Pacific war when American forces landed on Tulagi and Guadalcanal. Tremendous naval, air and land
battle were waged in the Solomons to gain control of Guadalcanal followed by the subsequent campaigns to drive northward up the Solomon Islands chain with landings at New Georgia and other strategic islands.
The Solomons we both damaged and enhanced by the war, with many roads, airfields and infrastructure built during the war. Postwar, the United Kingdom began transitioning the Solomon Island
toward independence with a local council system was established.
During the 1970s elections were held and and the Solomon Islands constitution adopted in 1974. After neighboring Papua New Guinea (PNG) became independence, the Solomon Islands became independent on July 7, 1978.
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May 3, 2016