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Full text of "The Physique of the Ancient Hawaiians"


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Captain Cook's estimate in 1778, which may have been somewhat, although not greatly, exaggerated, was 400,000. Five decades later, in 1823, the census showed only 142,000. At the close of another decade the native population dropped to 130,000, a shrinkage of 12,000, or at the rate of 100 decrease per month. The next interval of thirty-six years witnessed a frightful decrease of two thirds of the total population, reducing the natives to 44,000. In 1900 there were but 30,000 ; the past ten years have brought a de- crease of over 10,000, and to-day, in 1916, there are probably not 16,000 pure-blooded Hawaiians.

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