1860: Lt. Col. W. T. Smythe visited Levuka and questioned Cakobau’s claim to be king of Fiji

Colonel Smythe was sent by the British government as a special commissioner to report on the suitability of Fiji as a naval and coaling station and for the cultivation of cotton. The journey was made as a consequence of the Fijian Kings (Cacobau)  first offer of annexation in exchange for payment of his debt to the United States. Smythe recommended against annexation but advised that the British consul should be invested with full magisterial powers over the British subjects there.
Smythe, Mrs. Ten months in the Fiji Islands / by Mrs. Smythe ; with an introduction and appendix by Colonel W.J. Smythe. (Oxford : J.H. & J. Parker, 1864)

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