“Will England punish poor Tonga?” King Tupou II and the 1900 Treaty of Friendship

    This is the second of our articles marking Emancipation Day this week…. The Special British Commissioner agent in Tonga, Basil Thomson warned Tupou II in May 1970 that Britain would regard any rejection of the treaty as hostile and take action. On May 19 Thomson and an escort of 50 armed men marched to the palace, rebuked the king and made more threats.

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