Sandalwood

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Sandalwood

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  • This stuff is interesting! I really want it!
  • In 1810 to 1818, the sandalwood market peaked. There was a good market in china, and a relative abundance of wood.
  • Wow this is a deal!
  • In 1778 Cook landed in Hawaii, and began the trading market, starting with fur.
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  • Journal Entry - Visit to Owhyhee "What a happy discovery these islands were! What would the American fur trade be without them to winter at and get every refreshment? A vessel going to that trade will only need sufficient provisions to carry her to these islands, where there is plenty of pork, and salt to cure it, and yams as a substitute for bread."
  • Due to the success of the sandalwood market, many ali'i had accumulated large amounts of wealth.
  • In 1791, two ship captains had discovered the existence of sandalwood in Hawaii, important to the Chinese for use as incense in their temples.
  • Soon enough in 1809, sandalwood became a normal export from Hawaii.
  • "Chief Kuakina at Kailua possessed great quantities of foreign goods stored in his warehouses, while his people went naked."
  • Sandalwood began to become scarce during early 1931. Villages were nearly empty as most left to find sandalwood, even burning down forests to detect it with smell.
  • "On one occasion we saw nearly 2000 persons laden with fagots of sandalwood, coming down from the mountains to deposit their burthens in the royal storehouses, and then depart to their home, wearied with their unpaid labors, yet unmurmuring at their bondage."
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