Fiji was a colony of the British Crown from 1874 to 1970. European settlement of the Fijian islands proceeded in a different manner to what was experienced by many other territories, as the British made a greater effort to recognise the social, language and culture of the native peoples when they established their relationship. For example, the local Fijian chieftain system of land and governance was not so different from the lord system of the UK. Thus, the British were able to incorporate these social structures more considerately as they colonised. In this sense, the relationship between the indigenous and non-indigenous Fijians is very different to what Australians are familiar with. Westerners are welcomed warmly, and rarely with suspicion. Some Fijians may continue to feel a personal obligation and honour to the British monarchy.