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Tavita Tusitala
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« on: September 05, 2008, 12:10:21 AM »

Noted author Robert Louis Stevenson spent his last five years of life in Vailima, Western Samoa for health after traveling in  the Marquesas, the Tuamotus, the Society Islands, and Hawai'i. in 1890 he purchased 400 acres on Upolu Island of (Western) Samoa he called Vailima, which meant  Five Waters.
He became involved in local events and politics and wrote a book "A footnote to History" criticizing the foreign administration in Samoa. He continued to write more books in Samoa, "The Beach of Falesa," "Catriona" (or David Balfour), "The Ebb-Tide," and the "Vailima Letters."

He died in 1884 at the age of 44  and was buried on Mt. Vaea, Samoa.

One of his most famous books, "Treasure Island," is available to read http://www.ipacific.com/samoa/stevenson/ here.


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« Reply #1 on: January 06, 2009, 02:42:49 PM »

The epitaph 'Requiem' on Robert Louis Stevensons grave on Mt. Vaea reads:


Under the wide and starry sky,
Dig the grave and let me lie.
Glad did I live and gladly die,
And I laid me down with a will.
This be the verse you grave for me:
Here he lies where he longed to be;
Home is the sailor, home from sea,
And the hunter home from the hill.
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