By Dorothy Shineberg

Few Pacific heritage books have stood the attempt of time in addition to They got here for Sandalwood, yet Dorothy Shineberg’s ebook, first released in 1967, hasn't ever been bettered. This interesting account of the sandalwood exchange describes the 1st general touch among Europeans and the Melanesians of latest Caledonia, the Loyalty Islands, and the recent Hebrides (now Vanuatu). Shineberg studied the relationships and rivalries among eu investors and eu missionaries, among dealer and dealer, and among tribe and tribe one of the indigenous peoples. Her publication files the main points and colour of those interactions. Unseaworthy ships, bloody battles, the dangers of sea and reef, and the firepower and inadequacies of ecu guns all supply a gripping photograph of the 1830s to 1860s. necessary appendices checklist the ships concerned, their cargoes and the site of the sandalwood stations. They got here for Sandalwood is still the one special account of the sandalwood alternate, its routes, advertising difficulties and earnings, and of the ships, retailers and seamen concerned. it's a sharp, perceptive research of the disagreement of the 2 cultures, approached from the viewpoint of Pacific background instead of a trifling extension of ecu heritage into the Pacific Islands.

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