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In 1767, a British navy expedition led by Rear Admiral Philip Carteret sailed past Santa Cruz and Malaita, through the straits around Savo, before venturing further west to chart much of what is now northeast Papua New Guinea. In 1893, London formalised its colonial acquisition of the Solomon Archipelago, establishing the British Solomon Islands Protectorate after negotiations with Germany for territorial concessions in New Guinea, the southern Solomons and towards Samoa. was then tasked with establishing a functioning government. Traders were already frequenting Charles Morris Woodford the archipelago, but Woodford was effectively building a colony from scratch. bour trade slowed in the mid-1930s, distant political machinations began to spill over into devastating conflict. By January 1942, Japan had seized control of Tulagi and expelled the British, placing much of the Solomon Archipelago under Tokyo’s control. In January 1943, the United States prevailed in the Battle of Guadalcanal.

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