Vanuatu History

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VANUATU

These Pacific Islands were once known as the New Hebrides. Beginning in 1887, the New Hebrides were jointly controlled by Britain and France. Having escaped Japanese occupation, the islands, siding with the Free French, were used as bases for Allied attacks during the second World War. Independence was declared in 1980 and Vanuatu joined the British Commonwealth.