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The Pamphlet Collection of Sir Robert Stout: Volume 64

Central Polynesia

page 93

Central Polynesia.

Name of Group. Foreign Residents. Government. Imports £ Exports £ General Remarks.
Phœnix Native Chiefs Few inhabitants.
Ellice Native Chiefs Islanders once ignorant of warfare. Peruvian slavers in 1863 almost depopulated the group.
Tokehau, or Union Native Chiefs No soil upon some islands. Natives once unaccustomed to the use of fire.
Navigator, or Samoa (1871) 500 Native Chiefs & Constitution 25,000 45,000 Possesses the finest Harbours in the Pacific. Rarely visited by hurricanes. Good climate.
Friendly Islands, or Tonga 60 Native Monarchy Low islands. Severe hurricanes. Earthquakes common.
Fiji (1873) 1,786 English, 1874 87,653 84,802 Hurricanes frequent and severe. Superficial area equal to Wales.