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John Williams

(1796—1839) missionary in the Pacific islands


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(1796–1839),

missionary. In 1816 he was accepted by the LMS, which had chosen the South Pacific for its earliest work. He sailed for the Society Islands in 1817 and in 1818 settled on Raiatea. In 1839 he landed at Dillon's Bay, Erromanga, in Vanuatu, where he and his companion were killed, becoming Protestant ‘martyrs’. News of his death aroused missionary enthusiasm in England.

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