Among early British visitors to the area were Lieutenant Shortland and Captain Manning in the late eighteenth century.
In the 1870s, HMS Rosario clashed with islanders on Nukapu, leading to the ship landing a party here and destroying a local village.
Then, in the late nineteenth century, there was the familiar competition among European powers to take control. In 1893, we declared a protectorate over the southern islands, including Guadalcanal, and in 1899 we took over control from the Germans of the northern islands. In return, we recognised their control over Western Samoa.
During the Second World War the Japanese invaded, followed by the Americans, leading to the crucial actions at Guadalcanal and Tulagi. Members of the British Solomon Islands Protectorate Defence Force also played a brave and important role at this time.
The Solomon Islands became independent in 1978.