Kanaka Village Bonin Islands


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On June 14, 1853, Commodore Perry departed Napha harbor bound for the Bonin Islands. He was aboard the Susquehanna. The Saratoga also went on this trip. The ships were anchored in Port Lloyd on Peel Island. The Narrative notes that the island was inhabited by people of many different origins, including European and the Kanakas (Sandwich islanders) lived very much as they did in their native islands. The Narrative notes that the Europeans and Americans on the island "...have taken to themselves wives from among the good natured and substantial Kanaka women...." This lithograph shows a Kanaka village in the background with expedition members and a local resident relaxing around a cascading stream. On June 18, the Susquehanna and Saratoga departed for the return to Napha. They arrived back in Napha on the 23rd.

The titles/lettering read:

  • Drawn from nature by Heine. Figures by Brown

  • J. Queen Delt.

  • P.S. Duval & Co., Phila.

  • KANAKA VILLAGE BONIN ISLANDS

Bottom edge (binding edge) is ragged.

Paper thickness is 9+mm.

Landscape Format

Page Size (cm): 29x22.5cm

Image Size (cm): Width-23.3, Height-16.3, Diagonal-28.4

 

Attribution: This lithograph has been positively confirmed to be from the Beverley Tucker, Senate Printing (1856), of the Narrative.

 
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