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Wallis and Futuna, History

Futuna and Alofi were sighted in 1617 by two Dutch navigators. Wallis was visited 100 years later by the British explorer Samuel Wallis. French Roman Catholic missions were established in the islands in 1837, and the indigenous people were converted to Christianity. In 1887 at the request of the kings of the islands a French protectorate was established. The people voted overwhelmingly, in December 1959, for French citizenship and status as an overseas territory, which was granted two years later.

 
 

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