Why was Tonga the only Pacific island nation never governed by a foreign power?



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    It’s not clear exactly why, but in short, they kept their indigenous government because no one wanted to take it away from them.  They were a British protectorate, but Britain didn’t actually try to oust their government, with the exception of the 2nd King of Tonga, when a joint effort to oust him was made by the British and rival Tongan tribesmen.  Maybe it was their location?  Their distance from the U.K.?  Britain was able to take over many larger, more powerful nations at the same time, so it’s fair to say that if they wanted to take over, they probably could have. 

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