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Colonialism, Maasina Rule, and the Origins of Malaitan Kastom$
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David W. Akin

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780824838140

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824838140.001.0001

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The Half Century Before

The Half Century Before

(p.14) Chapter 1 The Half Century Before
Colonialism, Maasina Rule, and the Origins of Malaitan Kastom

David W. Akin

University of Hawai'i Press

This chapter explains how the Solomon Islands became a new frontier for European labor recruiters. From the mid-1880s into the early twentieth century, Solomon Islanders, especially Malaitans, made up the majority of Queensland recruits; by 1904 over 9,000 had gone there. About half that number of Solomon Islanders went to Fiji, some 60 percent of them Malaitans, and a few ended up in German Samoa or New Caledonia. European writers have often portrayed the labor trade simplistically, either as based on kidnapping or as a matter of young men, and a much smaller number of women, taking to the ship for adventure or respite from pressures and responsibilities of home.

Keywords:   Solomon Islands, labor recruiters, Queensland, Malaitans, New Caledonia, German Samoa

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