Before Britain proclaimed protectorate status over the islands in 1893, there was no single centralized politico-cultural system.
Rainfall is often heavy especially in the interior near the mountains and on the windward sides of the large islands.
The leaders at independence, therefore, chose an amalgam of symbols to closely represent the different islands and their cultures.
This is shown in the national coat of arms, which displays a crocodile and a shark upholding the government (represented by a crown) and a frigate bird supporting both.
The British also put an end to intertribal warfare and conflicts.
As a result, the predominant cultures of Melanesia and Polynesia were deeply intertwined with the cultures of the different churches, and both urban and rural lifestyles.