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Disturbing HistoryResistance in Early Colonial Fiji$
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Robert Nicole

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780824832919

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824832919.001.0001

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The Colo War of 1876

The Colo War of 1876

(p.14) Chapter One The Colo War of 1876
Disturbing History

Robert Nicole

University of Hawai'i Press

This chapter examines the Colo War of 1876, extensively chronicling the context within which the war took place. The Colo War has its origins in the twenty-year period that preceded the signing of the Deed of Cession, the document that formalized the British takeover of the Fiji Islands in October 1874. In piecing together the complexities of the war, the chapter begins with a reconstruction of the nineteenth-century Colo world. It then moves to a detailed reconstruction of this little-known war with a view toward challenging the popular perception that Fiji’s transition to colonial rule was ordered and peaceful. In so doing the chapter intends to familiarize readers with some of the key political, economic, geographical, and religious circumstances of precolonial mid-nineteenth-century Fiji.

Keywords:   precolonial Fiji, Colo War, nineteenth-century Fiji, Colo tribes, colonial Fiji

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