Decisions about the South Pacific, 1872–3
Britain’S new policy in Fiji was short-lived. De facto recognition could only be a stopgap. The New South Wales plan remained open, but formal recognition of Thakombau’s régime was possible if his Government succeeded. Kimberley’s policy was intended to give the British Government plenty of room for manuvre. But its freedom of action proved to be illusory. In 1871 and 1872 a new clamour for annexation arose because the Fiji question became linked with the wider problem of kidnapping in the Pacific.
KeywordsPrime Minister Gold Coast British Subject Fiji Island Colonial Policy
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