Islands in SW Pacific Ocean; annexed by Brit. 1874; independent parliamentary democracy 1970; Area: ca. 7,056 sq. mi. Christianity first came to the Fijis from Tahiti ca. 1830. In 1834 native Christians from Tonga began work among the Fijis, followed 1835 by Eng. Wesleyans William Cross and David Cargill. RC miss. began 1863. Others active there include Anglicans and Assemblies of God. See also Melanesia.
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