Men from under the Sky: The Arrival of Westerners in Fiji

Men from under the Sky: The Arrival of Westerners in Fiji

Men from under the Sky: The Arrival of Westerners in Fiji

Men from under the Sky: The Arrival of Westerners in Fiji

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The islands of Fiji today are the acknowledged home of many racial groups. These islands have ever been an area where the blood of different races has mixed freely. The first of the island inhabitants to be known to the rest of the world were a mixture of Melanesian and Polynesian stock. The quality of the mixture was largely determined by the geographical position of a man's home island. In the highlands of the larger islands was a rugged dark-skinned race of almost pure Melanesian blood. In the windward islands, and on the coasts of the leeward islands, the people were of strong Polynesian strain. Elsewhere, there was a blood mixture of these two main groups.

Today, in addition to the indigenous Fijians, there live in the islands the people of Caucasian stock known in Fiji as "Europeans," Indians of many racial groups, and Rotumans, Chinese, and representatives of almost . . .

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