Saturday, April 4, 2015

Missionary Travel to the Islands

“What wonder that we so long for release from this little prison-house!”  From 1820 to 1847, there were 12-Companies of missionaries sent under the auspices of the American Board of Commissioners for Foreign Missions (ABCFM) to the Islands.  Every group of missionaries arrived by ship, sailing from New England, around Cape Horn and finally reaching the Hawaiian Islands, usually after a five-month sea voyage.

Travel wasn’t easy. "We were hardly able to stand even by holding on with both hands ….”  Sea sickness was a constant issue for these non-sailors.  Things were stored everywhere … The “day commenced (with) the study of the Owhyhee language. … This evening held our first singing school. It is greatly to be wished that we could all join with our hearts and voices too …”

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