The Polynesian Journal of Captain Henry Byam Martin, R.N. : in comand of H.M.S. Grampus - 50 guns at Hawaii and on station in Tahiti and the Society Islands, August 1846 to August 1847
Admiral Henry Byam Martin's first command in the British Navy was Captain of the 50-gun frigate, H.M.S. Grampus, in the year 1846. He was ordered to a sail from Plymouth 'round the Horn to Hawaii for further orders. Those orders sent him to Tahiti for a full year, the fatal year in which the French subjugated the Tahitians by bloody force, made the island a "Protectorate" of France but allowed the glamorous Queen Pomare to be the titular ruler until they took it over completely, as a colony, in...[Show more]
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