Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Cow Laws

Cow Laws In October 1829, one of British Consul Charlton’s cows broke into Kaʻahumanu’s enclosure at Mānoa and began eating her crops. The Queen Regent’s konohiki (land steward) chased the errant cow out of the field and shot it. “The consul was greatly enraged” and the matter was put before the chiefs. The “cow case” culminated in the “cow laws.” With the cow laws, the Sandwich Island rulers now specifically stated that English residents would be ‘protected’ by statutes that included provisions against not only adultery and fornication, but also the Englishmen's common pastimes of gambling and drinking.

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