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Ships, Furs, and Sandalwood: A Yankee Trader in Hawai'i, 1823-1825by Charles H. Hammatt
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Charles H. Hammatt arrived in Honolulu in 1823 anxious to do business, not to save souls. Young, confident, and ambitious, Hammatt had been entrusted by a mercantile firm in Boston with the delicate task of negotiating trade agreements with Hawaiian royalty to secure sandalwood for the China Trade.<P>Ultimately, Hammatt proved unsuccessful in his business dealings, and in 1825 his employers ordered him home to Boston. But the account he left of his failed mission is an exciting and colorful addition to previous descriptions from the period.
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Hammatt was sent by a mercantile firm in Boston to negotiate trade agreements with the Hawaiian royalty to secure sandalwood for the China Trade. He recorded his perceptions of the place and people for two years until his boss decided he had failed and called him home. Sandra Wagner-Wright (history, U. of Hawai`i-Miyanoto) contributes a preface, introduction, glossary of modern spellings, textual and historical notes, and an index.
Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Includes bibliographical references (p.89-93) and index.
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