Wealth of the Solomons : a history of trade, plantations and society, Solomon Islands, c.1800-1942
BEFORE 1800 the Solomon Islands were visited rarely by Europeans. The few explorers had found little to attract them. In the early and mid-nineteenth century there was increasing contact by whalers who came to the Islands for food and refreshment. In most areas they received a welcome because Solomon Islanders knew from experiences within their homeland that trading could be beneficial. The whalers traded metal goods which, in some areas, altered the indigenous technology and, in turn, the...[Show more]
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