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400th anniversary of first European contact with Tonga
24-05-2016 - RNZI.

It's 400 years since Tonga had its first contact with European explorers.

In 1615, an expedition led by two explorers, Willem Schouten and Jacob Le Maire, set off from The Netherlands in search of a new trade route around South America to Indonesia, to avoid a route monopolised by the Dutch East India Company.