Jottings from the Pacific: Life and Incidents in the Fijian and Samoan Islands (Classic Reprint)

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Fb&c Limited, Feb 8, 2018 - History - 162 pages
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To designate these grand divisions accurately is quite impossible, owing, if we may so express our selves, to the overlapping of the races. However, beginning with the most northern division, we may say that Micronesia embraces an area of the Pacific Ocean about miles In length from east to west, and miles from north to south, lying north of the equator, and mostly southwest of the United States. The term embraces the Caroline, Ladrone, Marshall, Gilbert, Anson, Bonin, and Magellan groups, besides a multitude of small islets scattered north and west of the Sandwich Islands.

In this division, in spite of race infringements, ethnology tells a truthful story, fer, in appearance, language, and customs, the populations are closely united, and constitute a large branch of the fairer part of what was once termed the Polynesian race. Still, the tale is told with curious variations. For instance: The inhabitants of the Gilbert Isles Show, unmistakably, the excellent influence of the Samoan people, while on some of the Marshall and Ladrone Islands there are communities, so much darker in color and more benighted than others, as to quickly suggest Melanesian origin.

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