1868: Levuka cotton boom begins: 20 hotels built, boat charters and slave businesses expand

From 1868 to 1871, Levuka was in its (bosom?) of greatest prosperity.
But it was not until 1868,  when it was found cotton would grow would grow in Fiji, and the now historical “cotton (boom)” took place, that Levuka began to rise in importance, as population began to flock in from Australia and New Zealand.
Intending settlers and ootton growers came from all parts.
20 new hotels:  Hotel accommodation was at a premium, and some 20 were erected.
Boats imported from New Zealand:  Boats were eagerly chartered to convoy new arrivals round the group in search of eligible sites for planting, so many were imported from Now Zealand, and things gnnerally were a very rosy asppect.
Slave trade begins:  Money was plentiful, and times were good. With the acquirement of land came the necessity for labourers to till it, and as it was thus early found that the Fijian was not to be relied on for continuous work, the Polynesian labour trade, whioh had boen carried on for some time in Queens land, was inaugurated in Fiji.
The Mercury Supplement, (Hobart, Tasmania)  Saturday 13 February, 1886.  This item appears written by a Levuka resident in early 1886, or late 1885.  It encourages tourism to Levuka, as a rest from an overheated Australia.  Author uses the name “Tasmanian”. Possibly Frederick Langham   Perhaps ship-owner and trader with a long term trading relationship with Levuka and Suva, for at least five years – since 1880.

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