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Aerial photograph of port vila city (credit: Vevesworld.com

 

Ol resident blong port vila bai celebrate port vila day long neks wik long tusdei 29 Novemba 2016,
Theme blong year ia hemi “ Mi Laekem Port vila” hemi taem we ol resident blong port vila i reflet bak long wanem port vila city i providem long olgeta.

Port vila hemi discova by ol early explora  blong Portugal Pedro Fernandes de Queirós  mo Luis Vaz de Torres  long may 1606 taem oli also discoverem  Vanuatu  , befo  tufala explorer  i kam ,i gat ol man i live long place ia bifo finis.

Long 18th century, just afta long visit blong james cook long 1774 , ol European i start blong kam long Vanuatu.  Settlement long taem ia hemi base long Havana, North efate.

Long 19th century, namba blong ol settler blong France mo Britain hemi increase, mo oli setteup plantation long efate, long  taem ia to wan man  France name blong hem Ferdinand Chevillard i start blong pem ol area we port vila i stap long hem nao ia mo makem plantation blong hem. Long 1882 i gat drought mo malaria outbreak long north efate , so ol settler long taem ia i move i kam long area we port vila i stap long hem nao ia  we oli callem Vila bay mo start blong buildem haos.

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flag blong Franceville(white mo red)

Long same period long taem ia, tru  long settlement ia Chevillard i tannem i kam municipal blong Franceville, blong karem legal statue since Britain mo France i delare New Hebrides (Vanuatu) olsem wan neutral state. Long 9 August 1889-1890 Franceville i declarem olgeta olsem wan independent commune state. Hemi exist small taem nomo  ,then   long 1906 New Hebrides i kam join government ,were oli callem  British-French Condominium  government  mo port vila i declare national  capital long taem ia.

Main road long port vila town long taem ia hemi  small road nomo long bush i go long warehaos blong Burns Philp (British) mo the Société Française des Nouvelles-Hébrides (SFNH; French), hemi wan town we i grow  hariap nomo long taem ia, i gat fulap man long  taem ia oli kam blong stap long place we sanbeach i stap long hem  mo same taem ol free criminal we oli sendem olgeta long New Caledonia i kam long new Hebrides long taem ia i makem port vila i grow hariap nomo.

Long  1920’s i gat wan popula social clab we hemi bloodhouse, hemi wan pull factor long ol farmer long taem ia i stap kam drink long hem,

Wan bigfala changes we i happen long taem ia hemi long taem blong  world war two, olgeta blong Amerika  mo Australia i kam blong settem up base blong olgeta long port vila mo long taem ia to i lukem planti change i happen long port vila. Long 1930 i go antap hemi  taem we fulap European elite i  kam long Vanuatu mo makem business.

Long 1970 hemi business boom long taem ia , taem oli introducem  New Hebrides  olsem Tax haven , . fulap tourist i visitem port vila, mo business i grow good.   ol olfala  buildem blong colonial long taem  ia oli changem mo buildem ol concrete building.

Long  1980, Vanuatu i karem independent mo makem putum port vila town i kam national capital blong Vanuatu.  Port vila town i facem planti natural disaster were i make mi change face bong town ia, long 1987 cyclone Cyclone Uma i damagem ol building , long 2002 earth quake i damage mol building and 2015 i lukem cyclone Pam i kam mo destroyem planti home mo ol new development i stap go hed naoi a blong changem face blong port vila, olsem, Newfala National convention center ia, Port vila beautification project blong upgratem seafront, upgrade blong ol road long port vila, mo upgrade blong main wharf blong port vila.

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head office blong municipal council

Mr. Ulrich Sumptoh, hemi carren lord mayor blong port vila, deputy mayor hemi Leimara Malachi.

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Port vila city Lord mayor . Mr Ulrich Sumptoh

Port vila city i signem sista city agreement wetem Shanghai, China., mo long year ia Lord mayor i go blong renew relationship blong tufala city ia.

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