National Geographic : 1968 Mar
KODACHROMES BY LUIS MARDEN(ABOVE)ANDJACB national Dateline Hotel, named for Tonga's proximity to the line where today first becomes to morrow. Gingerbread cupola of the palace and steeples of the Chapel Royal peep through a screen of Norfolk pines on the foreshore, above. Royal Tombs show white against a spacious green. swear three times in Tongan.' To avoid the offending syllables, Dr. Moulton had to give new names to the notes." The islands of Tonga were ruled by three chiefs until the appearance of Taufa'ahau, the first chief to unite all Tonga by conquest. He was born in Ha'apai, probably in 1797. This great-great-great-grandfather of the pres ent King stood 6-feet-6 in height, and his mil itary talents, as well as an unusual mind, quickly brought him to the top. In 1831 he be came a Christian, taking the name of George, after George III of England. His wife was bap tized Salote (SAH-lo-tay), the Tongan version of Charlotte, after the English Queen. King George Tupou I, as he was called after being formally named in 1845, ruled Tonga until his death in 1893 at the age of 96. In his lifetime he gave Tonga representative 349 Breeze-conditioned tri-cab races through Nuku'alofa, vying for the right of way with pedestrians, bicycles, motorbikes, and an increasing number of automobiles.