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By John Williams

In line with John Williams' meticulous documentation of his travels, this 1837 quantity bargains an perception into the perilous lifetime of a missionary within the early 19th century. the writer, an ironmonger by means of exchange, set sail for the South Sea Islands in 1817 with the purpose of spreading the gospel and introducing smooth expertise to the sector. in addition to recounting the common threats to his security from offended natives, warfare, traditional catastrophe and disorder, Williams offers particular surveys of the peoples, languages and average surroundings he encountered and describes with nice exuberance and humour 'the effect made upon barbarous humans by means of their first sex with civilised man'. Made extra poignant via the author's demise by the hands of cannibals simply years after the book's e-book, this can be a unprecedented account of the perseverance and ingenuity of a guy who turned a hero and martyr for the Protestant missionary circulate.

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The first class, as I have before intimated, betray, in the multiplied points of their expansion, the CORAL NOT OF RAPID GROWTH. 29 proofs of volcanic violence. In Hawaii of the Sandwich Islands, in Toofua and Proby of the Friendly Islands, and in Tanna of the New Hebrides, volcanoes are still in active operation. From a variety of questions which have been proposed to me since my arrival in England, together with what I have heard stated by many wellinformed persons, I perceive incorrect opinions are entertained respecting the extent and rapidity of coral growth ; and that it is supposed new islands are constantly being formed with such rapidity, that in the course of time island will be joined to island, and the whole Pacific will become one vast continent!

The sixth and most important island of the group is Rarotonga. This splendid island escaped the untiring researches of Captain Cook, and was discovered by myself, in 1823. It is a mass of mountains, which are high, and present a remarkably romantic appearance. It is situated lat. , 160° W. long. It has several good boat harbours, is about thirty miles in circumference, and is surrounded by a reef. The population is about 6,000 or 7,000. CLASSIFICATION OF THE ISLANDS. 19 The seventh and last island is Aitutaki, which was discovered by Captain Cook.

21 These islands are from 2000 to 10,000 feet above the level of the sea. The mountains of Hawaii are said to be about 15,000 feet in height. In all the above-mentioned islands there are evident traces of volcanic eruption. In many of them the rocks are composed of a fine grained black basalt, of which the natives make their penus, or pounders, to beat their bread-fruit into a paste, and of which also they made their hatchets prior to the introduction of iron tools. In others pumice stone is found, and stones of varied appearance, which have evidently undergone the action of fire.

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