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Islands and Empires: Western Impact on the Pacific and East by Ernest Stanley Dodge

By Ernest Stanley Dodge

Islands and Empires was once first released in 1976. Minnesota Archive versions makes use of electronic know-how to make long-unavailable books once more obtainable, and are released unaltered from the unique collage of Minnesota Press editions.This is the 1st one-volume account of the big impression of Western civilization at the Pacific Islands and the a long way East, largely China and Japan. the results at the components have been very varied on account that, on the subject of the islands, touch used to be with peoples who have been nonetheless within the Stone Age, whereas within the a ways East Westerners got here up opposed to refined civilizations extra old and mature than their very own. due to those alterations, the ebook is split into sections, the 1st facing the Pacific Islands and the second one with the East Asian mainland. opposite influences—those of the jap cultures at the West—are additionally mentioned.

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They loaded him with pigs and other gifts for which they would take no payment. Cook described the place with PARADISE FOUND 39 great satisfaction and noted the heiau or temple (which he called by the Tahitian word morai) with its hideous carved wooden figures. After getting yams and salt at Niihau, where the Resolution was blown, Cook did not linger to investigate his discovery, for it was the season to make his first attempt to find the western end of the Northwest Passage. He stood to the northward on February 2.

Magnanimously the Spaniards allowed the Marquesans to stand around and watch while mass was celebrated. Mendana took possession of the islands for Spain and, while the Marquesans shouted defiance from the hills, the Spaniards occupied their village and loaded wood and water. Occasionally some of the bolder Polynesians brought food to the soldiers, but when they attempted to take two canoe loads of strings of coconuts to the ships half the unarmed natives were killed and three of the bodies hung in the rigging in grim warning.

A church was built, but the colony was not happy. Finally the soldiers petitioned Mendana to take them away from the place. When he refused, the soldiers attempted to induce the natives to attack the settlement by killing two of them. Many wanted to return to Peru. The soldiers were insubordinate THE CLAW OF THE DEVIL 21 and near mutiny. Quiros made an unsuccessful attempt to calm them. The squabbling went on, with the troublesome camp master as the ringleader among the soldiers. When the camp master came on board ship to talk with Mendana, Dona Isabel urged her husband to kill him while he could, but the commander abstained.

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