1858: Britain supports Cakobau over Ma’afu

Seru Epenisa Cakobau, the Vunivalu, by then the Paramount Chief of Bau, made his first offer to cede Fiji to the United Kingdom in 1858, William Thomas Pritchard, the British Consul, warned Ma’afu – by now the most powerful chief in northern Fiji – that under British rule, further attempts to expand his power base would not be tolerated. Ma’afu shrewdly signed an agreement denying sovereignty over Fijians and claiming to be in the islands only to oversee the Tongan population.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Enele_Ma’afu

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