A Voyage Round the World: In the Years 1800, 1801, 1802, 1803, and 1804, in which the Author Visited the Principal Islands in the Pacific Ocean and the English Settlements of Port Jackson and Norfolk Island, Volume 2

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Page 54 - His palace is built, after the European style, of brick, and glazed windows, and defended by a battery of ten guns. He has European and American artificers about him of almost every description. Indeed his own subjects, from their intercourse with Europeans, have acquired a great knowledge of several of the mechanical arts, and have thus enabled him to increase his navy, a very favourite object with him.
Page 68 - The canoes of the Sandwich Islands far surpassed any that we had seen in other parts of the world? not only in solidity and strength, but in the neatness and skill of workmanship. These canoes are so well calculated for speed, that we have seen the natives work them along, with their short paddles, at the rate >f eleven or twelve miles an hour, and fairly run them under A-ater.
Page 75 - ... Islanders, a people just sprung from nature? The answer is at hand; they are able to furnish fire-arms, gunpowder, hardware, and cloth of different sorts; of all which Tamahama has accumulated more than is required for their own consumption. These have been acquired in exchange for labour and refreshment supplied to the shipping who have touched there; particularly such as are engaged in the trade to the northwest parts of America. When the cargoes of these last are completed, they readily part...
Page 55 - His dominion seems now to be completely established. He is not only a great warrior and politician, but a very acute trader, and a match for any European in driving a bargain. He is well acquainted with the different weights and measures, and the value which all articles ought to bear in exchange with each other; and is ever ready to take advantage of the necessities of those who apply to him or his people for supplies. His subjects have already made considerable progress in civili; but are held...
Page 74 - They are already well acquainted with the trade on the northwest coast of America ; and from thence they may draw many articles to make up a cargo for their own country, or the neighbouring islands to the westward. It may naturally be asked what articles of commerce or barter can be possessed by the Sandwich Islanders, a people just sprung from nature ? The answer is at hand ; they are able to furnish fire-arms, gunpowder, hardware, and cloth of different sorts ; of all which Tamahama has accumulated...
Page 56 - Vancouvre laid down the keel of Tamahama's first vessel, or rather craft ; but so assiduously has he applied himself to effect his grand and favourite object, the establishment of a naval force, that at the period of our arrival he had upwards of twenty vessels of different sizes, from twenty-five to fifty tons ; some of them were even copper-bottomed. He was, however, at this time much in want of naval stores ; and, to have his navy quickly placed on a respectable footing, would pay well for them....
Page 18 - can withstand the seduction and artifices of the southern islanders ; women, and a life of indolence, are too powerful for the sense of duty in the minds of our seamen. Had we relaxed our efforts for a single moment, our ship would have been deserted.'97 Even so, Kamehameha managed to smuggle the ship's carpenter 93 Erskine 1853:419, 440.
Page 61 - all is well," at every half hour, as on board of ship. Their uniform at this time was simply a blue great coat with yellow facings.
Page 68 - Tamahama, frequently make voyages to the northwest coast of America, and thereby acquire sufficient property to make themselves easy and comfortable, as well as respectable, among their countrymen; to whom, on their return home, they are fond of describing, with great emphasis and extravagance, the singular events of their voyage. Several of them have made considerable progress in the English language; their intercourse with the Anglo-Americans, and the navigators from Britain, having given them...
Page 10 - The reader will here pardon me for introducing this remark on American commerce : so far does it exceed all former efforts of former nations, that even the Dutch themselves sink under the comparison. Scarcely is there a part of the world, scarcely an inlet in these most unknown seas, in which this commercial hive has not penetrated. The East-Indies is open to them, and their flags are displayed in the seas of China. And it must be confessed, to their honour, that their success is well merited by...

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