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The other carefully fostered myth that Windschuttle attacks is that of Pacific Island blackbirding, with south sea islanders allegedly kidnapped and virtually enslaved when they came here and worked here.
Exit blackbirding, forgotten colonial rule and the Christianization of peoples formerly in decline after contact with white men.
Blackbirding was the colloquial term for the early labour trade in the South Pacific, initiated as illegal and uncontrolled recruitment, long after such practices had ended in Europe, the Americas and Africa.
Malaita provided the majority of people who fell into the latter category, initially selling their labour during the blackbirding period, then on the coconut plantations of the colonial economy and, since the Second World War ('the War'), in Honiara and the surrounding areas of north Guadalcanal (Bennett 1987:168, Moore 2007).