The timeline of human history in New Shetland starts when native people moved into the New Shetland archipelago in 400 CE. Post-European contact history starts in 1804, when the explorer Thomas Harves discovered the Harvian Islands.
- ±400 CE: Polynesians from Hawaii settled in Llamada.
- ±300 CE: Polynesian people moved into the Harvian Islands. Local legends goes that these people originated from Samoa and Tuvalu, but these beliefs are disputed.