Internal Moat (W) of the Ancient Kolovai Fort, Tonga

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Comments (6)

Paolo “Canpao” Canna… on December 2, 2011

Very nice and interesting shot.Like. Have a nice day Canpao

bdeh on December 2, 2011

Great shot with the fence through the water Ian. Greetings Berend

Ian Stehbens on December 4, 2011

Hi Canpao,

The scene gets more and more interesting, when one realises this is one of the moats that surrounded the fortress of King Tuku'aho during the 18th Century. As feudalism was ending in Europe it was about to end in Tonga too. In Tonga however, they were moving straight from pre-iron age into colonialism of the modern era, which the new King Taufa'ahau Tupou I and his missionary friends were able to deflect. Tonga was not colonised by France, Britain or Germany, for one of the missionaries, Rev Shirley Baker, was able to assist the King to prepare a written constitution, whilst Baker and his fellow Methodist missionary, Rev Dr James Moulton established a modern education system.

Kind regards,


Ian Stehbens on December 4, 2011

Greetings Berend,

I guess by now you will have read the history of this and other forts of western Tongatapu which I have posted with other photos. I am sure you will find it all very interesting.

The fence is a clear landmark on the GE image for it separates the cleared area from the forested area that has overgrown the southern port of this formerly fortified village.


zanot10 - NO VIEWS on December 5, 2011

Very good picture! LIKE!

Best regards Z.

Ian Stehbens on December 6, 2011

Thank you Zanot. It is a very important piece of Tonga's history too.


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