Re: Polynesian History & People : Tongan Heritage with Samoans and Eastern Polynesia.

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Posted by Da Realest on September 24, 2007 at 01:25:35:

In Reply to: Polynesian History & People : Tongan Heritage with Samoans and Eastern Polynesia. posted by Maui on November 23, 2003 at 21:47:08:

'A.D. 450 First actual record of Polynesia in Fiji. Apparently the people have reached Tonga. Possibly they had communicated with the Samoans.

A.D. 575 Tonga-Fijians occupied the coasts of Savaii and Upolu for 25 generations.
A.D. 1000-1200 The influence of the Tuimanu'a (King of the Manu'a group) in Upolu and Savaii had long been extinct. Aana and Atua Districts had risen into prominence.

A.D. 1200 The Tongans had power over Samoa, excluding Manu'a, possessing the four great royal titles - Tuiaana, Tuiatua, Gatoaitele and Tamasoaalii.

A.D.. 1600 Tongans expelled from Samoa, led by the Malietoa family.

In the islands of Savaii, Upolu and Tutuila are large defense walls known as Pa-Tonga (Tongan-Walls). They are the lasting signs of slavery and sufferings under the Tongan yoke. Large boulders weighing several tons, that modern equipment could hardly lift nowadays, were used in building the walls for forts which stretch long distances over hills and valleys. In their last attempt to defeat the Tongans, the Malietoa family planned the successful invasion of Upolu. In the eastern end of the island the historical war started. In remembrance of a bloody battle there, a place was named Malaela (Basking Ground). It is said that the captives were tied and placed in the blazing sun the whole day. Originally the village was named Malae-faala.

The battle continued westward around the windward side of the island. The Tongans were again severely beaten in Solosolo. The original name of the village, 'Solosolo-ga-toto' (Wiping of Blood) is suggestive of a very bloody battle fought there. Solosolo is now one of the very prominent villages of the Atua District. When the Malietoas reached the westernmost end of the island, the Tongans were said to have been fighting from the sea. Continued war being hopeless for the Tongans, they decided to surrender. From the stern of the Tongan war-canoe their leader addressed the victorious Samoan warriors as follows: 'Ua malie toa! Ua malie tau! Ou te le toe sau i le auliuli tau. Ae o le a ou sau i le auliuli folau.' ('Congratulations thou hero! I am pleased with your fighting! I shall return (to Samoa no more as a warrior but I will come back as your guest.') This historic utterance, used as terms for an armistice by the Tongans, originated the name 'Malietoa' which was properly given to the most popular king of Samoa, who liberated them from several generations of #######. The brief but meaningful statement by the defeated Tongan warrior was made very popular for almost five centuries and is quoted frequently by famed orators on reconciliations and in congratulatory speeches.

The grotesque and gruesome past has long been buried. Friendly relations with the Tongans have been undisturbed since the decisive battle won for Samoa by the Malietoas. The late Queen, Her Majesty Salote Tubou, D.B.E., of Tonga, has had occasion to entertain the kings of Samoa as her guests in Nuku'alofa (Village of Love), her home. Likewise have Malietoa, Tamasese and Mataafa on several occasions received queen Salote in Samoa during her official visits.'

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