Polynesia : A History of the South Sea Islands, Including New Zealand; With Narrative of the Introduction of Christianity, &C (Classic Reprint)

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Excerpt from Polynesia: A History of the South Sea Islands, Including New Zealand; With Narrative of the Introduction of Christianity, &C Tan main object of this volume is to throw light on the introduction of Christianity and civilisation into the islands of the South Sea. From the moment that Wallis discovered the beautiful group which bears the name of George the Third, many schemes were formed for bettering the condition of the natives, who, at their first interview with Britons, though they saw much to excite their wonder, could receive no favourable impres sion as to the obligations of morality on the cultivated mind. It was not, however, till a later period that any plan was matured for conveying thither the knowledge of true religion and the elements of social improvement. Mercantile speculation had, indeed, been invited to the shores of Otaheite in quest of materials on which to. Found an intercourse beneficial to the inhabitants of both hemispheres; and Science had selected the spot as a theatre for her triumphs in the sublime department of astronomy. But thc year 1796 had arrived before the benevolent spirit of the gospel undertook a nobler mis sion, animated by the hope of establishing among the gentlc savages of the Pacific the foundations of a pure faith and the motives to a holy life. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.
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  • Paperback | 512 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 26mm | 676g
  • English
  • 124 Illustrations; Illustrations, black and white
  • 024307364X
  • 9780243073641