Fiji is located in the South Pacific. The major islands include Vitu Levu Island, Vanua Leau Island plus many smaller islands. To the northeast is Wallis and Futuna (Territory of the Wallis and Futuna Islands).
At the start of the Pacific War, Fiji was a British colony. Japanese war plans included occupying Fiji but these plans were canceled after their defeat during the Battle of Midway.
During 1942, Fiji was occupied by American forces and developed into a staging base are with airfields and seaplane bases. On July 31, 1942 part of the American force departed Fiji for the invasion of Guadalcanal. During the Pacific War, Fijian soldiers fought with the Allies with eight thousand serving in the Solomon Islands and Bougainville.
On October 10, 1970, the United Kingdom granted Fiji independence and the country became known as the Republic of Fiji. Fiji is divided into the Western Division and Central Division.
The Norther Division spans Vanua Levu Island including the provinces of Macuata, Cakaudrove, and Bua.
The Eastern Division spanning Ovalau Island including the provinces of Kadavu, Lau, Lomaiviti and Rotuma.
The Western Division spans the western half of
Viti Levu Island including provinces Ba, Nadroga-Navosa and Ra.
Nadi Capital city on the west central coast of Viti Levu Island
Lautoka Located on
the western coast of Viti Levu Island
Saweni Bay Located near Lautoka on the western coast
The Central Division spans the eastern half of
Viti Levu Island including the provinces of Naitasiri, Namosi, Rewa, Serua and Tailevu. Includes Suva and Lauthala Bay.
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June 15, 2019