The limits of advice : Britain and the Kingdom of Tonga
Despite the endeavours of Kings Tupou I and II to maintain Tonga's independence, Britain established a Protectorate over the Kingdom in May 1900. By this action the British Government hoped to exclude other powers from Tonga, whilst keeping its own commitment to a m1n1mum. Tonga aroused little interest in British eyes apart from its potential as a base for rival Pacific powers. Although it was not intended that the British Agent and Consul ·appointed to Tonga should intervene in the...[Show more]
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