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THE PRINCIPAL EVENTS THAT OCCURRED
DURING THE MISSION TO TAHITI.
The Duff set sail.
1796. August 10. Arrived at Tabiti.
1797. March 6. The Duff left Tahiti for a time.
1797. March. Returned there.
1797. July. Set sail for England.
1797. August. Eleven Missionaries left Tahiti.
1798. March. Mr. Lewis was disowned by his brethren. 1798. August. Temari died.
1798. September. Mane-mane died.
1798. December. Mr. Lewis died.
1799. November, Mr. Henry returned to Tahiti.
1799. December. Mr. Broomhall became an apostate.
1800, June. Eight missionaries arrived in the Royal Admiral. .
1801. July. Mr. Broomhall left Tabiti.
1801. July. The missionaries fortified their house. 1802. June. Pomare I. died.
1803. Sept. Six missionaries, with their wives and children, left Tahiti for Huahine.
1808. November. All the missionaries (except two) left Huahine for Port Jackson.
1809. October. One missionary returned to Eimeo. 1810. October. The rest of the brethren arrived there in 1811. Pomare declared he was desirous to be. come a Christian.
1812. July. The missionaries, first discovered some converted natives in Tahiti.
1813. Idia died.
1813, The priest Patii publicly burned the chief idols of Eimeo.
1815. The great battle of Bunaauai between the
christian and heathen natives was fought. 1815. Nov, 12.
Mr. Ellis, Mr. Williams, and six other new missionaries, arrived in Eimeo.
1817. One missionary returned to Tahiti after
nine years' absence of the whole company. 1817. The Gospel of Luke (the only book of the
Bible then translated) was printed in
1818. The first meeting of the Tahitian Missionary Society was held.
1818. May. The Missionaries in Eimeo dispersed, and settled in different islands.
1818. Pomare II. was baptized.
1819. May. Pomare III. was born.
1820. June. Pomare II. died.
1821. December. Aimata, the young king's sister, was married to the chief of Tahaa.
1822. December. The parliament of Tabiti first met. 1824. February. Pomare III, was crowned.
1824. April. He died, and Aimata became queen. 1827. January Queen Pomare Vahine married the second time.
1832. December. A rebellion and civil war arose.
1833. Temperance Societies were first established. 1833. August. A revival of religion took place in several
stations in Tahiti, and a reformation in all. 1835. The whole Bible was printed in the Tahitian language.
The missionaries have given English names to most
of the stations. The native name is generally the name of the district.
* Ma-ta-vai, or Waugh Town.
Pa-pa-o, Hankey City in
Pa-pe-e-te, Wilks' Harbour.
Here the missionaries first
landed, and here was the
principal harbour. Here the Royal Mission Cha
pel was built, Pomare II. was buried, and the royal family resided chiefly after the establishment of Chris.
tianity. This is now the principal
barbour. Here the war took place be
tween the christian and
heathen natives in 1815. Here Mr. Bicknell and Mr.
near Mr. Orsmond in 1833.
Bu-na-a-u-ai, Burder's Point
Pa-pa-ra, Haweis Town.
Ma-ta-0-ai, Bogue Town.
Te-i-a-re-i, Roby Town.
EIMEO. Pa-pe-to-ai, Blest Town. Here the missionaries resided
several years after they filed from Tahiti. The South Sea Academy bas been removed
to this spot. A-fa-re-ai-tu, Griffin's Town. Here Mr. Ellis printed the
Gospel of Luke,
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A SHORT ACCOUNT OF TAHITI, AND
THE NEIGHBOURING ISLANDS.
There are two clusters of islands.
Those to the east (or the Windward Islands) are called the Georgian Islands.
Those to the west (or the Leeward) are called the Society Islands.
Climate. The heat is as great all the round, as in the hot days of July in England. The thermometer varies in the shade, at noon, from seventy-eight to eighty-four degrees. There are, however, always refreshing sea-breezes.
The rainy season generally occurs in January, February, and March ; but there are heavy showers at all seasons, and sometimes there are terrible hurricanes, which destroy both trees and houses.
Tahiti is divided into two parts.
The narrow piece of land (or the isthmus) which joins these two parts, is only one mile and a half
432 A SHORT ACCOUNT OF THE ISLANDS.
across, and is very low, and flat: so that it is sup. posed, that the two parts of Tahiti were once separate islands, and that the earth, which was washed down the mountains by the rains, and streams, has at length filled the space between.
Both parts of the island are full of high mountains. They are clothed with grass and trees to their very tops, and become more verdant the higher you climb. The highest mountain, Orofena, whose top is hid in the clouds, is about seven thousand feet high. There are no mountains so bigh in any of the other islands.
There are many long fruitful valleys in Tahiti, and there is also much low land by the sea-shore; but in the lower part of Taiarabu the high rocks are quite close to the shore. Taiarabu is wilder than the other part, and is even more thickly covered with groves.
There is a very curious lake amongst the mountains, filled with water from the streams that pour into the valley. It is about a mile round, and would be more beautiful than it is, if the water were not green and muddy. None can reach it, but those who are not afraid to creep along the edge of precipices, and they are rewarded for their toil by the silence, and beauty of this solitary spot.
The reefs of coral, that surround most of the islands, are walls beneath the ocean's brim, formed by little insects, who work underneath the water. The water between these reefs and the shore is smooth, and is called the lagoon. There are generally some openings in the reefs, through which boats, or even ships, can pass.
There are many little coral islands near the large