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Chapter XVI

From the time of Opuhara’s death. Tati became head-chief of the Tevas, and during the next forty years, till his own death, his influence was the strongest in the island. His great task was to keep the peace, and, with all his power and wisdom, his hands were always full. Between the Pomares, the rival districts, the English missionaries and the French fleets, he was seldom without care.

Neither the missionaries nor the natives had any idea of allowing Pomare to fall back into his old ways. They made him refrain from massacre or revenge after the battle of Fei-pi. Although the Papara people could never quite be friends with the man who had murdered their sisters and cousins, Tati succeeded where a weak or a bad man would have only made matters worse. He began by the usual island method of binding Pomare to him by the strongest possible ties. The rapid extinction of chiefly families in Tahiti had left the head-chief of Eimeo or Moorea heir to most of the great names and properties in both islands. Marama, head-chief of Moorea, had only one heir, Marama Arii manihinihi, a woman, and, as I have said, a cousin, or sister in the island mode, of Pomare. This great heiress, almost the last remnant of the three or four sacred families of the two islands, was given by Pomare in marriage to Tati’s son, immediately after Tati himself was restored to his rights as head-chief of the Tevas.

Had Pomare possessed a son of his own, he would hardly have let so great a prize go to a rival; and nothing proves so well the new state

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