1861: Coconut oil traders set up business in Apia, Samoa

“From the ‘thirties onward trade had begun to establish itself. The stocks of earlier island traders were made up largely of calico prints, knives, axes, and, not unseldom and not always even secretly, arms and ammunition. In later years the customary stocks have been much extended by kegged and tinned meats, canned provisions, and also of baker’s bread.

The trade in munitions has of course long disappeared. The earlier exchange was cocoanut oil, the later copra. Before 1860 traders had built many stores in Apia and trading stations on Upolu and Savaii. Of these, with a single exception to which reference will shortly be made, the very names are now all but forgotten. In the ‘sixties came traders whose names are still in Samoa and whose lives are remembered the with respect.. In 1861 Andrew and Charles McFarland commenced business, and in the same year Samuel Dean”.

History of Samoa – R.M. Watson.

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