A Guide to the United States’ History of Recognition, Diplomatic, and Consular Relations, by Country, since 1776: Fiji
The United States maintained a consular presence in Fiji before the island chain became a Crown colony within the British Empire in 1874. Fiji gained independence from British rule in October 1970 and established a parliamentary democracy. In 1987, however, intra-country clashes between political parties representing the majority ethnic Fijian population and ethnic minority communities, most notably Indo-Fijian, led to a military coup d’état. This was the beginning of what many now refer to as the “coup cycle.”
Establishment of Consul at Lauthala, 1844.
Commercial Agent John B. Williams was appointed the first Consul to the Fiji Islands on August 19, 1844. He was resident at Auckland, New Zealand.
Establishment of Diplomatic Relations, 1971.
Diplomatic relations were established on July 22, 1971, when Ambassador of Fiji, Semesa K. Sikivou, presented his credentials to President Richard M. Nixon.