The isles of the sea, being an entertaining narrative of a voyage to the Pacific and Indian oceans (1886)
Titre : The isles of the sea; being an entertaining narrative of a voyage to the Pacific and Indian oceans, and embracing full and authentic accounts of the islands of Polynesia, Micronesia, and Melanesia…
Auteur : Edward Walter Dawson
Editeur : Betts & Co – Harford
Date : 1886
NUKAHIVA — A BATTLE WITH A NATIVE TRIBE.
Again on the quarter deck — Porter’s story continued—Reaches Nukahiva— Massachusetts Bay—Joined by the Essex Junior —Three white men come aboard — An Englishman turned Polynesian—Appointed interpreter—Porter lands with marines and sailors— Natives’ pleasure at the sound of drums— Astonishment at the regular movements of the men—Effect of the sound of fire-arms—War between the tribes—Destroying property and bread-fruit trees — Convenient messengers—The Happahs warned—An understanding with the Tayehs—The princess Piteenee—The chief Gattanewa —Manner of fortifying a place— The women take possession of the boats and ship — Bedlam—The object of the greatest value in the Marquesas group — Astonishing statement— Sandal-wood—Its value — Gattanewa visits the Essex— His appearance — A victim to Kava —Not impressed by Porter’s force— Roused from his lethargy by the sight of a whale’s tooth— Receives one as a present— Porter exchanges names with him — Begs the Commodore’s assistance
in his war with the Happahs — His sophistry—The Commodore takes up his quarters on shore— The Happahs’ insulting message—The six-pounder—The Tayehs hug and caress the gun for joy—Work on the ship — Mouina the war chief —His satisfaction at the effects of musketry—The Happah’s still bent on war—A force ordered against them— The battle in the mountains— Capture of the fortress— The dead Happahs —Gattanewa’s astonishment— The taboo— Cannibalism—Gattanewa’s wife — Terrified women— Porter re-assures them— He receives a remarkable piece of information. . . . 169
THE VALLEY OF TIEUHOY — THE TYPEES.
The story resumed —Rejoicing over the victory — Eating raw fish —Language of the Marquesans —A tradition—Inability to pronounce English names— Cocoanut trees— Gathering the fruit—Taro— Sugar-cane —More about Kava—The bread-fruit tree—Its uses and importance — Treaty with the Happahs and other tribes—They build a village for Porter—He and his men live in plenty— The Typees and their allies— Their defiance— War resolved on—Porter builds a fort— Takes possession of the island for the United States and calls it Madison Island— Gives names to important points —An excursion —A village— The public square— Women and young girls—Their appearance— Remarkable complexion and great beauty—Their attentions to the guests —Urged to remain—Songs and dances— The return to the ship—Ready for war—The departure for the valley of Vieehee or Oomi—Arrival—The Typees and their allies in force —The landing and advance— Skirmishing— Lieutenant Downes wounded— The Typees make a bold stand —Serious obstructions — A grave situation—A feint—A slight advantage—The retreat—The Typees elated— The Commodore resolves on a new line of action—The night march— On the mountain tops—Rain—An anxious night—Daylight. . 185
THE WAR WITH THE TYPEES.
A volley from the mountain top— Astonishment of the Typees — The Happah village — Suspicious actions of the Happahs— Summary measures—Friendship reestablished — Taking up the line of march — The beautiful valley as seen from the mountain— A delightful scene—The descent—Meeting the enemy —A village captured —More fighting—A brave people— Burning villages— The capital taken and destroyed—The march down the valley—Plunder — Skirmishing—Wonderful fortresses —At the beach— Tribes send in their submission— Returning to the Happah village — A friendly reception— Gattanewa’s emotion— Another view of the valley—A long line of smoking ruins—Desolation and horror—Return to the valley of Tieuhoy —The Typees come to terms— A profusion of presents—Peace established throughout the island—Excursions.— Distributing seeds — Partiality for wheat—Other gifts Chief place of worship— An astonishing god —Marquesans idea of a future state — Selling their gods and the bones of their relatives— Children in religion —Porter tabooed — Tattooing — Each tribe tattooed after a different fashion—Preparing for sea— Stooping liberty— Discontent of the men— Grief of the girls—Porter sails with two ships — A part of his force left behind — What happened after he left —His defeat—His reception at home — ” The Hero of the Pacific.” …. 206
THE PAUMOTOU ARCHIPELAGO,
The French interest in Paumotou — Catholic mission at Maugareva— Population of the group— Anaa or Chain Island —Its dense population—How acquired — Abundance of food —Influence of the missionaries — “Out of darkness into light”— Distributing presents— Shaved heads — Cleanliness next to godliness— Fine children — The bane of the islanders—A comical old chief— His munificent present — Mj-sterious sickness— The chief’s brother-in-law—A deep lagoon —Amusing leave-taking— Some islands of the group — Tetuaroa—Metia or Aurora —An uplifted island—Wonderful caverns—Meager history of the PiJumotous — Hau or Bow Island — The ambitious Tomatiti — Advance in civilization — Few advantages for trade—The pearl fishery— Native divers —First sight of a coral island-—King George’s Island —Mauhii— Ahii— Course laid for Tahiti ….. 307
TAHITI OR SOCIETY ISLANDS.
Discovery—The name of thegroup—Names of the several islands —Their mountainous character—Picturesqueness— Delightful streams—Habitations of the islanders— Climate—Fruits and vegetables —Botanic garden— Cotton and coffee—Natives averse to work—Animals—Birds ;— Domestic fowl—Origin of the natives—Beauty of the women—Appearance of the men—Population — Foreigners—Tattooing no longer practiced— Importations and exportations—Papiete—Public buildings —Harbor—Early history of Tahiti —Pomare II.— Missionaries— Queen Pomare—French Catholic priests expelled — Arrival of the French man-of-war— Unjust and arbitrary proceedings—Flight of the queen —The French firmlj’ established— Death of the Queen— Last king of Tahiti— The annexation to France—Brilliant festival — The Areoi society”— What is known of it— Original character—Belief—Pernicious effect on the people — Convenient fictions — Only redeeming point —Human sacrifices —The ceremonies ….. 369
TAHITI — SAVAGE ISLAND.
First glimpse of Eimeo—Tahiti—Papiete harbor—The American consul — Captain Joseph Beach—The ladies at the consulate —News of the Rover—The excursion party—The start— The maneabas or district houses—Appearance of the country — A glimpse of Eimeo— A lovely village— Crystalline streams— The village girls — Their sweet singing — Tender adieus— — Coffee and cotton plantations —The wild guava—Mango trees—Some credit due the French— A stroll in the orange groves—Bathing with lady assistants—A fish dinner— Crayfish — A bamboo cage— The peninsula —A delightful drive— A ball— Arrival of the Rover— Daniel Kirby the mate— Another disappointment—Nine or Savage Island— Situation— The Niuans—Former reputation—A terrible law— The fate of all travelers — Paint — Appearance — Dress — Ornaments— Weapons —Warlike, but not conquerors—Fate of invaders— Not cannibals—Temperate —Polj^gamy—Work of the missionaries —Morals— Punishments—Good sailors—Dwellings —Disposing of the dead— Caverns—Fresh water— Character of the island— Traditions— Dinner …… 394
Nombre de pages : 710
Type : monographie imprimée
Langue : Anglais
Identifiant : 8201328
Source : The Library of Congress
Numérisation : The Library of Congress
Droits : Pas de copyright
Lien : https://archive.org/details/islesofseabeinge00daws