Massacre of Kapangamarangi(ponape) in 1865.

Im Pohnpeian my family comes from the Kapingamarangi but ive never been to pohnpei.My grandmother told me that kapingamarangi was once invaded by some unknown seagoing people when my grandmothers mother was alive and out of curiosity i did some research.And this is what i found out.There were over 400-600 people in Kapingamarangi before the massacre and after the massacre there were only 150 left.First i was like it must have been the japanese who killed all those people on kapingamarangi.I was wrong.It was

In 1865, 5 large Canoes carrying 30-40 men landed on Hare an islet next to kapingamarangi .For 3 days the drifters did nothing on the fourth day without warning they started their attack on the natives of kapingamarangi,Everyone on that island was massacred,not one living soul was left.From Kapingamarangi the invaders moved on and attacked Matiro,Werua and Touou.Killing Men women and children as they advance from island to island.Peace offering of womens,coconuts and land was given to the invaders and that was the reason why they stop the killing.For 8 years the invaders Controlled Kapingamarangi and the atolls and islands around it.On the 9th year the invaders left and were never seen or heard from again but before they left they took men and women and slaves with them and to make sure that the people will always remember them the invaders killed the high chiefs of Kapingamarangi,Matiro,Werua,Touou.The Invaders were from the Marshall islands.

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http://www.academia.edu/2099774/Archaeology_on_Kapingamarangi_Atoll_a_Polynesian_outlier_i

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  • edited March 2013
    This story has been passed down from generation to generation in the Marshall islands mainland Pohnpei was suppose to be the next target of the raiding party but the spanish would not let them go to Pohnpei.But it did happen again 12 yrs after they left kapinkamaranki the clan of rilujennamo attack mainland Pohnpei and are still there to this day and are known in pohnpei aj ruluhjenamo.
  • so its true then people from the Marshall islands did attack kapingamarangi.My point is thats why the native of kapingamarangi resemble marshallese.
  • Dude it was long time ago,back in the dark ages when our ancestors still wore grass skirts and raiding and attacking other islands was the main thing to do back then.Of all the people of Micronesia Pohnpeians and Marshallese have the same characteristics,Only islands in Micronesia that the Chiefs have the supreme authority and both islands can easily learn each others language easily.
  • Where the heck is this kapingaramngi? it sound polynesian to me.
  • edited March 2013
    PawbStar, 
    We are so sorry to heard your family history, i think this forum is another way of looking back of history and corrected the past, you have to right to reclaim what is solemnly yours..

    here what your maps said,  
    Location Map of Kapingmarangi. Some greater circle distances from the atoll are: Nukuoro just north west from Chuuk islands Mortlockese, these group of islands should be the one claiming dominion because of there closeness geographically.. On the other hands the southern part are the Polynesian islands group but if you really look at who is the sole perpetual ownership in this case of distance and closeness it would be the Lower Mortlockese.
    This is a great time to fight over these islands whether you're Poly or Micro and Majol
  • Dude fsm can keep those islands.
  • I'm Pohnpeian from the island proper, the main volcanic island of Pohnpei. I've traveled to the outer-islands many times and what surprise me is the story that initiated this thread. What I understand is that Kapingamarangi people are not Micronesian but Polynesian. It could be that they were originally Micronesian and resulted from this massacred, they became Polyneisan which may imply that the Ivaders were Polynesians. Interesting.

  • I'm Pohnpeian from the island proper, the main volcanic island of Pohnpei. I've traveled to the outer-islands many times and what surprise me is the story that initiated this thread. What I understand is that Kapingamarangi people are not Micronesian but Polynesian. It could be that they were originally Micronesian and resulted from this massacred, they became Polyneisan which may imply that the Ivaders were Polynesians. Interesting.

    I don't believe they traveled to the island to wage war. The fact that there is hardly enough food in the Marshall islands (only fish and copra) convinced me that they sailed to the island to steal food, not wage a war on residents of the island.
  • All the Evidence and research I did suggest that Kapingamarangi was first settled by People of Micronesian descent,Then couple of hundred Years later people of Polynesian stock arrive on Kapingamarangi and intertwined with the Micronesians.That is why the people of Kapingamarangi are of Mix blood Poleyo-Micro descent is what they are.The Polynesians brought with them to Kapingamarangi their Culture Customs Look at the titles of The chiefs of Kapingamarangi.The invaders were not polynesian but Micronesian from the Marshall islands,They drifted to Kapingamarangi on 5-8 big canoes and each canoe carried 30-40 warriors each.The Marshallese invaders by the account of the spanish missionaries on kapingamarangi killed every single person on those islands and the reason the Marshallese stop massacring the people is because the The high Chief of Kapingamarangi Make peace offerings to them and gave the Marshallese lands and titles and for 8 years the Marshallese invaders were the dominant rulers of kapingamarangi and all the islands around it.Evidence suggest that the Marshallese didn't intent to find Kapingamarangi but were lost on their way to Pohnpei cause Pohnpei was their target.The only Reason the Marshallese left Kapingamarangi was they were force by the Spanish to leave.The Marshallese people were escorted back to the Marshall islands by three spanish warships,But before the Marshallese left the spanish missionaries wrote that they killed all the high chiefs of Kapingamarangi,Marito,Touou,Werua as a lesson and a warning to the people of Kapingamarangi and Pohnpei.
  • edited March 2013

    I'm Pohnpeian from the island proper, the main volcanic island of Pohnpei. I've traveled to the outer-islands many times and what surprise me is the story that initiated this thread. What I understand is that Kapingamarangi people are not Micronesian but Polynesian. It could be that they were originally Micronesian and resulted from this massacred, they became Polyneisan which may imply that the Ivaders were Polynesians. Interesting.

    I don't believe they traveled to the island to wage war. The fact that there is hardly enough food in the Marshall islands (only fish and copra) convinced me that they sailed to the island to steal food, not wage a war on residents of the island.
    The Real destination of the Raiding party that attacked Kapingamarangi was Pohnpei,The Raiding Party was lead by the Famous warrior La-Torakan-Kako(Moves like a Rooster) on their way to Pohnpei they were lost and ended up on Kapingamarangi,Its true they were escorted back to the Marshall islands.But on their way back they attacked and sacked the atoll of Ujelang which at that time belonged to the Nwamwaraki of Pohnpei and that is why Ujelang now belongs to the Marshall islands.Even to this day the people of Kapingamrangi shake in fear when they hear the word Marshallese.
  • History and Cultural Relations

    According to local legend, the present Polynesian population is
    descended from Ellice Islands castaways of some 600-700 years ago
    (possibly supplemented by immigrants from Samoa). They arrived to find a
    small resident population (presumably Mortlockese) whom they appear to
    have culturally absorbed. Once settled, this population was extremely
    isolated, the only contacts being with castaways from the Gilbert
    Islands, the Mortlocks, the Marshall Islands, and Woleai. The latter two
    were culturally the most significant, with the Woleaians introducing
    plant medicines, sorcery, and a very important group fishing method,
    while the Marshallese slaughtered over half the Kapinga population in
    1865. The first European ship entered the lagoon and established direct
    contact with the islanders in 1877. 
  • Reaper said:
                     But on their way back they attacked and sacked the atoll of Ujelang
    which at that time belonged to the Nwamwaraki of Pohnpei and that is why
    Ujelang now belongs to the Marshall islands.

    So Marshallese attacked that island/atoll and took it from the pohnpeians right? So in reality that island belong to the chiefs of Pohnpei then,The Nanwarkis are the real owner of that island.
  • It once belong to the Nwanwarkis or pohnpeians but they didn't defend it and by the rule of warfare what you conquer belongs to you.
  • edited March 2013

    I'm Pohnpeian from the island proper, the main volcanic island of Pohnpei. I've traveled to the outer-islands many times and what surprise me is the story that initiated this thread. What I understand is that Kapingamarangi people are not Micronesian but Polynesian. It could be that they were originally Micronesian and resulted from this massacred, they became Polyneisan which may imply that the Ivaders were Polynesians. Interesting.

    I don't believe they traveled to the island to wage war. The fact that there is hardly enough food in the Marshall islands (only fish and copra) convinced me that they sailed to the island to steal food, not wage a war on residents of the island.
    Fish and copra ain't the only stables in the Marshalls.We have fruits,Birds and so on.You mean they sail 600-700 miles to steal food from Kapingamarangi?why not sail to Pohnpei or kosrae to steal there cause those are the two closes islands to the Marshalls.
  • edited March 2013
    PawNStaR Said:
    So Marshallese attacked that island/atoll and took it from the
    pohnpeians right? So in reality that island belong to the chiefs of
    Pohnpei then,The Nanwarkis are the real owner of that island.


    Why do Pohnpeians consider Ujelang as theirs??? If they still do,Then Kapingamarangi should have beens the Marshalls territory cause it was conquered by Marshallese and those Marshallese were forced to leave Kapingamarangi by the Spanish.If it weren't for those Spanish I think all of Kapingamarangi and some of the islands in Pohnpei would have been conquered by Marshallese.But its just my Theory so don't take it personally.
  • hey whoami those Marshallese that came to Kapingamarangi were heartless,From what my grandmother told me they were cold and calculating when it came to the natives of Kapingamarangi.Dont you know that your Ancestors came to Kapingamarangi and wiped out its people,There was 400-600 people in kapingamarangi and don't forget the other islands around it.When those Marshallese invaders were forced out by the Spanish into their own islands there were only 150 people left in Kapingamarangi.Its not something to be proud of when your people wiped out another people.
  • Who said im proud....Al I was saying is that those were dark times,when we still pray to spirits and believed in Black magic but now its different.Im just conversing dude maybe one day i'll come there to Kapingamarangi and who knows i might like it.
  • Oigang

    La Toran kako "Moves Like a Rooster". That's probably why their is lot of chicken shit in the Mrashall islands. That crows like this kokokoooRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR.

  • edited March 2013

    Oigang

    La Toran kako "Moves Like a Rooster". That's probably why their is lot of chicken shit in the Mrashall islands. That crows like this kokokoooRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR.

    Well those Roosters from the Marshalls sail to your Islands and took a big shit in Kapingamarangi and were the rulers of those islands and when those Roosters left they killed every Chiefs in Kapingamarangi and on their journey home to the chicken coop those Roosters from the Marshalls took Ujelang from Pohnpei because there were no Roosters from kapingamarangi or Pohnpei but only Hens now that chicken shit for you. Ri-Majol is the name,taking islands is the game.
  • edited March 2013
    ^ Reaper dude the only reason dipdaipol says those stuff is so that you can response to him.Don't stoop to his level cause thats what he wants.As for calling us Chicken shit is the only thing he can say cause deep down he is one,and dipdaipol knows that his middle name is chicken shit.History show that our Ancestors made war upon Kapingamrangi and Pohnpei and they resent us for that but who cares,let them deal with.
  • edited March 2013
    you right brah muh bad.
  • Very interesting...first time for me to hear about that piece of history....Those guys back then do got around don't they?  Imagine from Marshalls all the way to Kapinga on canoes (WOW)....I'm not sure they got lost, our ancestors back then were master navigators....I think they intentionally picked that island, maybe they were going to establish a base and short of do an island hop conquest either downward to Chuuk or upward to Pohnpei, my theory.

    I'm really impressed in the navigation skills of our ancestors (All Pacific Islanders). As for the massacre of the Kapinga people, for us today it's very tragic, but for them back then, it's a normal and favorite activity to go around killing others. Good thing Christianity came to our islands....peace.  
  • The ancestors of Kapingamarangi people came from Polynesia. If Kapinga people came from Marshall, how come they don't resemble Marshallese.

     

    They are Polynesian by blood, just listen attentively to the language and the culture, resembles more of Polynesian origin than Marshallese.

    Utamadua is the first man who arrived in Kapingamarangi, and he came on a canoe from the South Pacific.

    Who ever started this thread what is your point.

  • Hey Reaper,

     

    Is that true? Kapingan rage in fear when they hear the word Marshallese..Get your facts straight because I don't think it's true.

     

    Marshallese violence,naaaaaaaaaaaaah..they would'nt even hurt a fly..ehehe

  • If you read the article carefully it says that the first inhabitants of this Kapingamarangi atoll were Micronesians then them Polynesians came to that islands and absorb the Micronesians to their culture,Later when they were singing goombaya underneath the coconut trees the heathen/barbarians of Marshalls came to Kapingamaranig and slaughter/massacred the descendants of those Micros and polys.
  • Hmm. I am surprised that you also spell Kumbaya with a "g". Busted! _____________ is your other user.
  • The ancestors of Kapingamarangi people came from Polynesia. If Kapinga people came from Marshall, how come they don't resemble Marshallese.

     

    They are Polynesian by blood, just listen attentively to the language and the culture, resembles more of Polynesian origin than Marshallese.

    Utamadua is the first man who arrived in Kapingamarangi, and he came on a canoe from the South Pacific.

    Who ever started this thread what is your point.

    Im not saying Modern Kapanigans are of Marshallese descend,what im saying is that 100 years ago Some marshallese came to Kapingamrangi and had a party.
  • goombaya/koombaya who gives a damn how you spell it.as long as the message gets thru is all that matters.
  • Haha. No, cuz reaper also spells kumbaya that way. 
  • hmm that is interesting though lets hope we spell fuck and sex the same way too.
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