1849:British warships visited Fiji and give Cakobau a cannon-fire demonstration

During the following year (1849) two British warships visited Fiji. H.M.S. Havannah (Captain Erskine) came in august, and when Cakobau was entertained on board at Levuka, Erskine treated him to a demonstration of the power and accuracy of the ship’s cannon. Later, Cakobau confided to Calvert: “This makes me tremble. Should I offend these people they have but to bring their ship to Bau, when, having found me out with their spy-glasses, my head would fall at the first shot”.

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