This is a
timeline of , comprising important legal and territorial changes and political events in Tonga and its predecessor states. To read about the background to these events, see Tongan history History of Tonga. See also the list of monarchs of Tonga and list of Prime Ministers of Tonga.
Before 1st century [ edit ]
Lapita settlers arrived in Tonga.
1st to 10th centuries [ edit ]
Explorers set out from Tonga,
Samoa and Fiji to discover and settle eastern Polynesia.
11th century [ edit ]
12th century [ edit ]
Muʻa became the capital of the Tongan Empire.
13th century [ edit ]
14th century [ edit ]
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15th century [ edit ]
The Tongans were driven out of
Wallis and Futuna. Kauʻulufonua I ceded temporal authority to his brother Moʻungāmotuʻa, replacing the Tuʻi Tonga dynasty with the Tuʻi Tonga Tu'i Ha'atakalaua dynasty.
16th century [ edit ]
17th century [ edit ]
18th century [ edit ]
James Cook first visited Tonga and referred to it as the "Friendly Islands".
Cook met the , Tuʻihalafatai, on his third visit. Tu'i Kanokupolu
Tuʻihalafatai renounced power and moved to
Tupoumoheofo, the first woman to hold the title
, was overthrown by her cousin Tukuʻaho. Tu'i Kanokupolu
Christian missionaries arrived from London.
, was murdered, sparking a half-century civil war. Tu'i Kanokupolu
19th century [ edit ]
20th century [ edit ]
21st century [ edit ]
Feleti Sevele was appointed the first non-noble Prime Minister of Tonga since Shirley Baker in the 19th century.
Tāufaʻāhau Tupou IV died and was succeeded as King by George Tupou V.
: Riots hit 2006 Nuku'alofa riots Nukuʻalofa, with protestors demanding a faster transition to democracy. Some rioters burned down and looted Chinese-owned shops and businesses. Eight looters died in a burning building.
George Tupou promised democratic legislative elections for 2008.
: An election produced a Parliament in which an absolute majority of representatives were elected by the people, and which had the power to select a Prime Minister. Tongan general election, 2010
George Tupou V died and was succeeded as King by Tupou VI.
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