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Notes on the Geography of Fiji: Fiji: Photo 2

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More our speed, probably. This is the harbor at Nadi (pronounced Nandi), which didn't even exist (well, wasn't on the maps) back in 1922. How do I know this? Because I'm looking at the map published that year at the back of The Hill Tribes of Fiji, by Adolf Brewster-Joske, who, despite his name, was the long-serving British commissioner of the Tholo Province, on the north coast. Brewster, who found it more congenial to go by the Anglo-sounding name A.B. Brewster, spent 40 years in Fiji and is accordingly full of information. He tells us, for starters, that Fiji is not the proper name of the place: instead, "the majority of the natives themselves call their country Viti" (p. 36). So where does the name Fiji come from? The short answer is Tonga. Brewster says that Captain Cook arrived there in 1770 and recorded as Fiji the name Fisi, which was what the Tongans called Viti. (Don't worry; this won't be on the midterm.)

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