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Winding up the British Empire in the Pacific Islands$
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W. David McIntyre

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780198702436

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198702436.001.0001

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‘The Most Difficult Pre-Independence Conference We have had for a Pacific Territory’

‘The Most Difficult Pre-Independence Conference We have had for a Pacific Territory’

Accelerated Decolonization: Kiribati and Banaba, 1968–79

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(p.216) 17 ‘The Most Difficult Pre-Independence Conference We have had for a Pacific Territory’
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Winding up the British Empire in the Pacific Islands
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W. David McIntyre

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198702436.003.0018

The growth of self-government in the Gilbert Islands and the emergence of the republic of Kiribati. After adjusting to the separation of Tuvalu, the Gilbert Islands government had to cope with the attempt of Ocean Island (Banaba) to secede and to the loss of phosphate revenues as the Ocean Island phosphate deposits were exhausted. The Banabans had been deported to the Carolines by the Japanese during the Second World War and because their island was devastated they were resettled at Rabi Island in Fiji, which had been bought earlier with phosphate trust funds. Before independence the Banabans of Rabi tried to detach Ocean Island as a separate state in free association with Fiji or Kiribati. Their Westminster supporters attempted to amend the Kiribati Independence Bill in 1979, but, in the end, the Banabans failed and accepted an ex gratia financial settlement.

Keywords:   Gilbert Islands, Kiribati, Ocean Island, Banaba, Rabi Island, Fiji, phosphates

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