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The Pamphlet Collection of Sir Robert Stout: Volume 1

Kambah, the Head Quarters of the Rebels, and the Chief Mara

Kambah, the Head Quarters of the Rebels, and the Chief Mara.

It appeared, from King George's sending a most peaceful and friendly message to an island opposed to Bau, that he did not intend to intermeddle in the wars of Feejee, but to do what he could, as mediator, to induce the contending parties to end their destructive contentions. But this attack, occasioned by his being on a visit to Bau, would evidently involve the Tongans in the war. Three towns, within three to five miles of Bau, to which they were subject, had been annoying the Chief of Bau for some months by making attacks on his towns, and coming out within gunshot in menacing attitudes on several occasions. Kambah also occupied a prominent position about six miles distant. This town had been in entire dependence on Bau. Yet there the Bauans who had rebelled assembled, with Mara at their head. He was considered the real cause of the firing on the Tonga canoe at Ovalau: he was also known to have presented whales' teeth at the windward islands to induce them to join him against the Tongans resident in Feejee.