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Was the practice of kidnapping, or otherwise ensnaring, South Pacific islanders—known as Kanakas—in order to sell them to those running cotton and sugar plantations in Queensland, Australia, and those on Fiji and the Samoan Islands. It was a trade that particularly flourished during the last half of the 19th century, and although efforts were made to control it they largely failed. It did not finally die out until 1904 after the new Australian Commonwealth government passed a law in 1901 which ordered the deportation of all Kanakas after 1906.

See also slave trade.

See also slave trade.

Subjects: Literature — Maritime History.

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