TONGA: A Royal Birthday

"Both men and women are of a common size with Europeans . . . The women . . . were the merriest creatures . . . and kept chattering without the least invitation . . . From the waist upwards they are generally naked, and it seemed to be a custom to anoint these parts every morning . . . They are seldom disturbed by either foreign or domestic troubles [and] appeared healthy, strong and vigorous—a proof of the goodness of the climate in which they live"

—Captain Cook's Voyages

Last week, 177 years...