(Tonga Islands; Friendly Islands). Ca. 150 small islands ESE of Fiji, SSW of Samoa. Area: ca. 270 sq. mi. Brit. protectorate 1900; indep. 1970. LMS attempted miss. work unsuccessfully 1797; Meths. est. successful work in the 1820s. Taufaahau (also Siosi; King George I; ca. 17981893), ruler of Haabi Is, was bap. 1830. Meths. predominate; others include RCs, Angls., Seventh-day Advs., Latter Day Saints.
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