Australian imperialism and the New Hebrides, 1862-1922
Australians first became aware that the New Hebrides were an important group of islands when news of sandalwood discoveries, in the 1840s, encouraged Australian merchants to risk losing ships and crews on uncharted reefs or at the hands of fierce New Hebrideans for the handsome profits to be made from the sale of sandalwood in China. At the time a decline in supply and demand closed this trade, in the 1860s, one of its leading entrepreneurs, Robert Towns, successfully experimented in...[Show more]
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