Shirley Baker and the kingdom of Tonga
FOR the peoples of the Pacific Islands the nineteenth century was a period of bewildering and demoralising change. The islands had received occasional visits from mariners and explorers before the beginning of the century/ but while these visits excited the cupidity and wonder of the islanders they had little effect on their lives. But from about 1800 expanding Western civilisation forced itself upon the island world, and successive waves of Europeans began rapidly eroding traditional...[Show more]
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