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Kanaka: Hawaiians on the Northwest Coast
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Kanaka: Hawaiians on the Northwest Coast (Hardback)

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Several hundred Hawaiians, referred to at the time as "Kanakas", came to the northwest coast in the 19th century under contract to the Hudson's Bay Company. Valued for their swimming and boating skills, but found to be excellent mill workers and farmhands as well, they helped to staff isolated forts and outposts of the fur trade for decades. At many posts they constituted roughly half the complement of "servants". Many other Kanakas came to North America to work for missionaries, for the "empire-builder" John Sutter, at private sawmills in the Oregon country, as miners in the gold fields of California and the Fraser River, and as crew on whaling and cargo vessels. In the mid-19th century there were Kanakas serving in the Mexican navy, and others as far north as the Alaskan posts of the Russian-American Company. This book is an account of the little-known migration of the Kanakas to the northwest coast of America. It aims to do full justice to the Kanaka experience - including some of their more notable descendants - in the United States and Canada.

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