Inhabitants of the island of Rotuma, (now part of Fiji), 1822-1825.
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Engraved plate 48 from 'Voyage autour du monde' ('Voyage round the world') by Louis Isidore Duperrey (1826), of Fijians from Rotuma. They are tattooed and wear jewellery; one man holds a hatchet and another a paddle. Duperrey (1786-1865), a French marine hydrographer, was the commander of the 'Coquille' during its voyage (1822-1825) to Chile, Peru, Polynesia, the Molucca Islands (Indonesia), New Ireland (Papua New Guinea) and Australia.