Oceania 1789 CE
The first permanent European settlement has been established in Oceania, in south-west Australia, which has been claimed for the British empire.
What is happening in Oceania in 1789CE
Over the past century and a half all the major Pacific islands have now been visited by European expeditions. The most famous of these were led by the British captain, James Cook, who between 1769 and 1779 visited Australia, New Zealand and many other islands. Other notable explorers were the Dutchman Jacob Roggeveen and the Frenchman Louis de Bouganville.
During this period, the first European missionaries arrived, along with some traders and other adventurers. Sadly, with the Europeans came guns and diseases new to the islanders. Dramatic population decline followed, along with a destabilization of traditional societies and an intensification of warfare. On Easter Island, for example, most of the great statues were thrown down in a fierce civil war.
The first permanent European settlement in the region has been established, in the form of a British penal colony on the south eastern coast of Australia.