The Solomon Islands is a sovereign country made up of several islands in Oceania to the east of Papua New Guinea , not to be confused to with Solomon Islands archipelago, a collection of Melanesia n islands that includes the Solomon Islands and Bougainville Island. The estimated population of Solomon Islands is ,, which ranks th in the world. The Solomon Islands has 28, square kilometers of land nd largest , with a population estimated at , This is up from , in
Melanesians are black island people in the south pacific that migrated over thousands of years ago, long before the blacks that came to the Americas as slaves. Melanesia is a sub-region of Oceania extending from the western end of the Pacific Ocean to the Arafura Sea, and eastward to Fiji. The name Melanesia was first used by Jules Dumont d'Urville in to denote an ethnic and geographical grouping of islands distinct from Polynesia and Micronesia. Until recently, the indigenous melanesian people practised cannibalism, head-hunting, kidnapping and slavery, just like the Asmat tribe , but with contact with Europeans, the population is now predominantly Christian.
The Solomon Islands are one of the largest Pacific island states. Most islands are high, mountainous and of volcanic origin alongside some coral atoll outliers. More than sixty islands are populated. The Solomon Islands became independent in The population has grown quickly.