Collection MS 27 - Yankee consul and cannibal king: John Brown Williams and the American Claims in Fiji (A study).

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Yankee consul and cannibal king: John Brown Williams and the American Claims in Fiji (A study).


  • 1842 - 1874 (Creation)

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Dorrance spent a term as U.S. consul in Fiji. He wrote this study of J.B. Williams and the American claims in Fiji while at the University of Hawaii, basing it largely on unpublished letters in the Peabody Museum, Salem, Massachusetts. A full bibliography is included. The study is dated March 20, 1966.

A study of J.B. Williams' claims against the Fijian chief Cakobau and their impact on Fiji's history in the mid-19th century. Williams (1810-1860) was an official United States representative in Fiji from 1846 until his death in 1860. His claims led ultimately to the Chiefs' Cession of Fiji to Queen Victoria.

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(1969) Mr John C. Dorrance, c/- United States Embassy, Canberra

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