But was it the climate or the Hedonism?
Mass Moments tells the tale of the first Protestant missionaries to head for Hawaii in 1819:
On this day in 1819, a crowd gathered on a Boston wharf to bid farewell to the first Protestant missionaries bound for Hawaii. Among them were seven Massachusetts couples, four of them recently married. After a difficult five-month voyage, they got their first glimpse of the Big Island and its people.
The islanders were friendly, curious, and easy-going, but their near-nakedness, ignorance of "civilized" ways, and apparent laziness shocked the missionaries.
Although frustrated by the natives' lack of interest in farming, sewing, cleaning, and cooking, most of the couples stayed for years, building New England-style churches and schools, translating the Bible and other Protestant works into Hawaiian, and providing medical care.
Most never returned to New England.
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Seek moratorium on growth
On this day in 1988, the New York Times reported on the state of New England. The story began:
The issue of balancing growth with quality of life has been debated in recent months as never before in New England according to stories in the nation's press. Conservationists have been fighting developers, and state and local officials have wrangled over how to manage growth without imposing more government, something New Englanders usually resist...
On Cape Cod, the issue has found expression in a nonbinding referendum on a building moratorium. The measure, which was proposed by former Senator Paul E. Tsongas of Massachusetts, will be on the ballot Nov. 8. Between 1980 and 1986, the population of the 15 towns that make up Cape Cod grew by 18 percent, compared with a 2 percent growth rate for Massachusetts as a whole...
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