Kingdom of Bora Bora

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Kingdom of Bora-Bora
Royaume de Bora-Bora
Early 19th century–1895


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Capital Nunue
Vaitape
Languages
Religion Tahitian, Christianity
Government Monarchy
Monarch
 •  1778–1812 Tapoa I (first)
 •  1873-1895 Teriimaevarua III (last)
History
 •  Established Early 19th century
 •  Annexed by France 19 March 1888
 •  Abdication of Teriimaevarua III 21 September 1895 1895
Currency French franc
Pound sterling
Succeeded by
French Polynesia
Today part of France French Polynesia

The Kingdom of Bora Bora was established during the early 19th century with the unification of the island of Bora Bora and official recognition by France and the United Kingdom in 1847 through the Jarnac Convention. It was one of a number of independent Polynesian states in the Society Islands, alongside Tahiti, Huahine and Raiatea in the 19th century, which all shared a similar language and culture and whose rulers were interrelated by marriage. Besides Bora Bora, the Kingdom encompassed the islands of Tupai, Maupiti, Maupihaa, Motu One, and Manuae. The Kingdom was finally annexed to France in 1888 and its last queen Teriimaevarua III was forced to abdicate in 1895.[1][2]

Bora Bora in ancient times: religious and military power[edit]

The history of Bora Bora is marked by the rivalry of two clans: one based near Faanui, consisting of families attached to the marae Farerua, and the other consisting of the families of Nunue and Anau around the marae Vaiotaha, which was long among the most important marae of Polynesia.

In this respect, Bora Bora is likewise marked by the rivalry with Raiatea in pursuit of religious power. Up to a certain period, a certain parallelism can be seen between the institutions of Bora Bora and Raiatea, which suggests that the two islands exercise joint religious and political authority over the other Leeward Islands. However, Raiatea ultimately became the center of religious power, while Bora-Bora retained a particularly strong military power, expressed both in internal wars and in wars with rival islands.

In the 18th century a great chief, Puni (Teihotu Matarua), succeeded in dominating the island's other clans. He then allied with Tahaa and came to dominate Raiatea, Tahaa and Maupiti. In 1769, when James Cook landed at Tahaa and Raiatea, the islands were already dominated by Puni. At Puni's death, his nephew Tapoa I, paramount chief of Bora Bora, Raiatea and Tahaa, settled at Raiatea, thus leaving local power to the chiefs Mai and Tefaaora, originally of Nunue and Anau, and members of the marae of Vaiotaha.

The first clear mention of the island was by the Dutch explorer Jakob Roggeveen in 1722.[3] James Cook saw it in 1769 and landed there in 1777.

The independence among the Anglo-French colonial appetites[edit]

The end of independence[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Christopher Buyers. "Bora Bora: The Tapoa Dynasty Genealogy". Royal Ark web site. Retrieved 2012-02-25. 
  2. ^ Ben Cahoon (2000). "French Polynesia". WorldStatesman.org. Retrieved 2012-02-25. 
  3. ^ Tahiti et ses archipels par Pierre-Yves Toullelan, éditions Karthala, 1991, ISBN 2-86537-291-X, p. 61.