|Queen of Tahiti|
|Reign||11 January 1827 – 17 September 1877|
Council of Chiefs
|ʻAimata Pōmare IV Vahine-o-Punuateraʻitua|
|House||House of Pōmare|
28 February 1813|
|Died||17 September 1877
Royal Palace, Papeete, Tahiti
|Burial||Pōmare Royal Cemetery, Papaʻoa, ʻArue|
Pōmare IV (28 February 1813 – 17 September 1877), more properly ʻAimata Pōmare IV Vahine-o-Punuateraʻitua (otherwise known as ʻAimata – "eye-eater", after an old custom of the ruler to eat the eye of the defeated foe), was the Queen of Tahiti between 1827 and 1877. She was the fourth monarch of the Kingdom of Tahiti.
In 1843, the French declared Tahiti a French protectorate and installed a governor at Papeete. She fought in vain against French intervention, writing to the King of France and Queen Victoria, asking in vain for British intervention, and exiling herself to Raiatea in protest. What followed was the bloody French-Tahitian War which lasted from 1843 to 1847, involving every kingdom of the Society Islands. The Tahitians suffered many casualties, but the French losses were also great. Although the British never assisted the Tahitians, they actively condemned France and war nearly broke between the two powers in the Pacific. These conflicts ended in the defeat of the Tahitian forces at the Fort of Fautaua. The French were victorious, but they weren't able to annex the island due to diplomatic pressure from Great Britain, so Tahiti and Moorea continued to be ruled under the French protectorate. A clause to the war settlement was that Queen Pōmare's allies in Huahine, Raiatea, and Bora Bora would be allowed to remain independent.
Pōmare IV eventually relented and ruled under the French administration from 1847 until 1877. Pōmare IV is buried in the Royal Mausoleum, Papaʻoa, ʻArue. She was succeeded by Pōmare V, who reigned 1877–1880.
In December 1822, Pōmare married the future King Tapoa II of Taha'a and Bora Bora; this marriage was childless and ended with the Queen repudiating the marriage on the ground that he was sterile. She remarried in 5 December 1832, to her cousin, Tenaniʻa Ariʻifaʻaite a Hiro (10 January 1820 – 6 August 1873). By her second husband, she had issue:
- A boy (1833, died young)
- Henry Pōmare (August 1835, died young)
- Ariʻiaue Pōmare (12 August 1838 – 10 May 1856), Crown Prince of Tahiti, Ariʻi of Afaʻahiti
- Pōmare V (3 November 1839 – 12 June 1891), succeeded as King of Tahiti
- Teriʻimaevarua II (23 May 1841 – 12 February 1873), succeeded as Queen of Bora Bora
- Tamatoa V (23 September 1842 – 30 September 1881), succeeded as King of Raiatea
- Victoria Pōmare-vahine (1844 – June 1845)
- Punuariʻi Teriʻitapunui Pōmare (20 March 1846 – 18 September 1888), Ariʻi of Mahina and President of the Tahitian High Court.
- Teriʻitua Tuavira Pōmare (17 December 1847 – 9 April 1875), Ariʻirahi of Hitiaʻa, called the "Prince de Joinville"
- Tevahitua Pōmare (1850/1852, died young)
Regarding the Tuamotu
The Tuamotu archipelago was never annexed by France. They merely occupied it without making a proclamation of "sovereignty" and so it legally remains the rightful property of the Pōmare dynasty, and whosoever is the living heir. However, the French did proclaim their inherent, "rightful" control over the island of Tahiti and most of the Dynasty's other lands.
Due to the French not having ever properly annexed the Tuamotu archipelago, they have no de jure jurisdiction over the islands and could not abolish the monarchy there, so it remains in existence to this day. France is, of course, the de facto authority over the Tuamotu.
Similar such cases can be found throughout the world and the Pacific. New Zealand in particular has serious discrepancies that imply that the indigenous people of most regions were never legally annexed, and that due to treaty violations (which the Crown has admitted to), there may well be no licit claim to sovereignty to anything else. The common denominator is that the places involved were fairly remote, the means for colonization barely licit, and the officers involved very exhausted at the time of writing their proclamations.
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