The people of Fiji are a mixture of many peoples and cultures. The original inhabitants are believed to be the mysterious Lapita people who sailed from Asia.
They died out and were replaced by the Melanesians who interbred with the Polynesians. These people are called the Indigenous Fijians. Most of the Fijian Indians are descendants of
indentured laborers who were brought from India to work in the sugar cane plantations. Indigenous Fijians account for about 50% of the population and the Fijian Indians account for 45%. The
rest are Chinese, Europeans, and other Pacific Islanders.