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A monument to the fallen Tahitians now stands beside the round-island road near the airport at Faaa, the village still noted for its strong pro-independence sentiment. Giving up the struggle, the queen returned to Papeete in 1847 and ruled as a figurehead until her death 30 years later. Her son, Pomare V, remained on the throne for 3 more years until abdicating in return for a sizable French pension for himself, his family, and his mistress. In 1903, all of eastern Polynesia was consolidated into a single colony known as French Oceania.
Life was governed by a system based —W. Somerset Maugham, 1921 on tabu, a rigid list of things a person could or could not do, depending on his or her status in life. ” Western principles of ownership have made inroads, but by and large almost everything in Polynesia—especially land—is owned communally by families. In effect, the system is pure communism at the family level. If your brother has a crop of taro and you’re hungry, then some of that taro belongs to you. The same principle applies to a can of corned beef sitting on a shelf in a store, which helps explain why most of the grocery shops in French Polynesia are owned by the Chinese.
Michener. S. Navy historian, Michener spent much of the war on Espiritu Santo, in the New Hebrides (now Vanuatu). Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein turned the novel into the musical South Pacific, a huge Broadway hit; it was later made into the blockbuster movie. Michener toured the islands a few years later and wrote Return to Paradise (1951), a collection of essays and short stories. He describes the islands as they were after World War II, but before tourists began to arrive via jet aircraft—in other words, near the end of the region’s backwater, beachcomber days.