Where the Waves Fall A New South Sea Islands History from First Settlement to Colonial Rule
Where the Waves Fall (1984) centres the stories of the Pacific Islanders and how they were affected by European explorers and colonisers in this unique account of human settlement and cultural interchange in the Pacific islands. It follows the fortunes of the seafarers who discovered island after island in the world’s largest ocean, traces the development of their civilisations and examines in depth the interaction between them and the newcomers – European explorers, traders, beachcombers, missionaries, merchants – who from the sixteenth century came in an increasing series of waves. The book’s framework enables the author to throw new light on hitherto isolated events. Novel suggestions are advanced as to why some islands became ‘kingdoms’ in the earlier years of European contact and why others did not, and of how and why missionaries were accepted on some islands but not on others. Nor does Professor Howe shrink from provocative and at times controversial arguments concerning the ambitions and strategies of island leaders and indeed the overall nature and extent of the initiatives taken by the islanders.
Part 1. In the Sea’s Eye 1. Whence and How 2. Civilisations in the Making 3. Ethnographic Moments Part 2. From Cold Lands 4. Suspected Continents 5. The Wealth of Islands 6. To Recover the Remnant Part 3. Conquering Kings 7. Pomares of Tahiti 8. Kamehamehas of Hawaii 9. Taufa‘ahau of Tonga Part 4. Monarchs Manqué? 10. New Zealand 11. Samoa 12. Fiji Part 5. Western Isles 13. The Making of Melanesia 14. Mission Frontiers 15. Trade Frontiers Epilogue 16. Considering the New Historiography