1849: How Captain Wallis made his fortune in Fiji

In 1849, Captain Wallis got a cargo worth nearly 6,000 pounds in about nine months. The articles of trade were similar to those used for the purchase of sandalwood, but reflected the changed conditions among the native people; muskets and ammunition were most desired, but whales’ teeth, iron tools, beads and ornaments had their place. the principal market was at Manila, where the cargoes of beche-de-mer were sold to merchants for shipment to China, and the ships took on tea, sugar, and silks, for the homeward voyage.

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