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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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Organised Plantation Protest

Organised Plantation Protest

(p.98) Chapter Four Organised Plantation Protest
Disturbing History

Robert Nicole

University of Hawai'i Press

This chapter features a brief account of the migration of indentured laborers from India between 1879 and 1916, followed by a survey of strikes and protest marches organized by the colony’s indentured laborers. Aside from dealing with the insurgency that brewed in the hills, Arthur Gordon faced another daunting task when he took control of the government in 1875. Like any governor, Gordon was expected to render his colony profitable to the British Empire and run it at minimal cost to the government and its metropolitan taxpayers. The chapter shows how the Gordon administration attempted to cope with its shortfalls by confining Fijian laborers to their villages to produce tax goods and seeking Indian indentured laborers to make up for the shortfall in plantation labor, before examining the nature of organized resistance on Fiji’s plantations.

Keywords:   indentured laborers, Indian laborers, Fijian laborers, organized resistance, plantation workers, Arthur Gordon, Gordon administration

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