The missionary impact
The explorations by Europeans, notably Captain James Cook, the Enlightenment view of the 'noble savage', and the growth of evangelical missionary interest in Britain all contributed to Protestant Christianity coming to the Pacific Islands at the end of the eighteenth century. The LMS sent its first missionaries to Tonga, Tahiti and the Marquesas, where they arrived in 1797. The Anglican evangelical Church Missionary Society (CMS) sent its first British missionaries to New Zealand in 1814. Both societies initially aimed at civilising and Christianising the indigenous populations. Samuel Marsden, Anglican
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