Evolving a Policy in the South Pacific, 1855–71
WHILE Kimberley was reviewing Britain’s role in West Africa and Malaya he faced similar dilemmas in the South Pacific. Should he annex the Fiji Islands? Should he extend British influence over a large part of Melanesia and Polynesia? In the case of Fiji he stated a clear preference for annexation in February 1873. But his reappraisal of Britain’s role in the South Pacific generally followed a pattern which may be closely compared with his policy in West Africa and Malaya.
KeywordsInternational Rivalry General Secretary British Subject Fiji Island Colonial Policy
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