Blackbirding


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Black´bird`ing


n.1.The kidnaping of negroes or Polynesians to be sold as slaves.
2.The act or practice of collecting natives of the islands near Queensland for service on the Queensland sugar plantations.
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I sailed in the teak-built ketch, the Minota, on a blackbirding cruise to Malaita, and I took my wife along.
There is wild talk of cannon aboard, and of strange raids and expeditions she may make, ranging from opium smuggling into the States and arms smuggling into China, to blackbirding and open piracy.
I had had some experience in blackbirding before I went pearling in the Paumotus.
But account also needs to be taken of New Zealand's historical record, including acquiescence in blackbirding, early greedy imperial ambitions and some significant failures in the early stages of New Zealand administrations in the Pacific, particularly in Samoa.
Let us not forget, the massacre of the Chinese following the gold rush, the notorious blackbirding, (where thousands of South Sea Islanders were abducted and brought to work in the cornfields of Queensland and were subsequently dumped arbitrarily on various islands in the pacific), the "White Australia" policy which lasted till 1968, where Indian students were beaten up for being Indian, where deaths in custody still occur (those who die are aborigines) and the ostracism of the aboriginal community.
It was one of the worst aspects of slavery, and is a horrifying feature of literature about the American slave colonies and States, and the Queensland blackbirding and forced labour of "kanakas"'.
Colonisers came from patriarchal societies in which the stratum of class and hereditary male privilege largely determined whether the coloniser would be commandant of a colonising force or foot soldier, merchant trader or trading clerk, slave-ship owner/trader or blackbirding seaman, military convict overseer or convict.
His book ranges over the theory of Social Darwinism, South Sea blackbirding, the Japanese 'Yellow Peril' and post-war immigration.