Rls In Samoa

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  • Rls In Samoa

    1. 1. Robert Louis Stevenson’s Life in Samoa
    2. 2. Facts about Samoa • Located in the South Pacific Ocean, ~ halfway between Hawaii and New Zealand • 99% of land mass is from two main islands: Savai’i and Upolu • Upolu is home to 75% of Samoan population.
    3. 3. Where and When? • RLS first came to Samoa in December 1889. • Arrived in Apia, the capital of Samoa. • Stayed for 6 weeks before leaving for Sydney, Australia. • Eventually returned to Samoa in 1890 after falling ill in Australia.
    4. 4. Vailima, Part 1 • Vailima was the estate that RLS had built upon his return to Apia. • The name of the estate translates to “five creeks” in Samoan. • The original house was home to five white inhabitants (including Stevenson and his family) and twelve Samoans.
    5. 5. Vailima (pre-extension)
    6. 6. Vailima, Part 2 • Towards the end of 1892, Stevenson, after some persuasion, had Vailima expanded. • The new estate was the largest house on the island.
    7. 7. Vailima Today
    8. 8. The Tapa Room
    9. 9. One of the many porches
    10. 10. The Medicine Room
    11. 11. The Dining Room
    12. 12. Writing in Samoa • Island Nights’ Entertainments (1893) • The Ebb-Tide (1894) • Weir of Hermiston (unfinished, 1896) • Several letters written to The Times on the Samoans’ behalf.
    13. 13. RLS’s Death • Stevenson died of a cerebral hemmorhage on December 3rd, 1894 • While struggling to open a bottle of wine, he turned to his wife and asked, “Does my face look strange?” before collapsing on the floor. • He was buried on Mount Vaea on a spot overlooking the ocean.
    14. 14. The Epitaph • Stevenson had always wanted his “Requiem” inscribed on the tomb: 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.
    15. 15. Stevenson’s Tomb
    16. 16. View of Mt. Vaea from Vailima
    17. 17. View from Mt.Vaea
    18. 18. Vailima Now • Vailima was purchased in 1900 • Official residence of: • the German governor • the New Zealand administrator • the Samoan Head of State
    19. 19. Links • rlsmuseum.com • readprint.com/author-76/Robert-Louis-Stevenson • janesoceania.com/oceania_rls/index.htm • literarytraveler.com/authors/ robert_louis_stevenson_western.aspx • janeresture.com/oceania_rls/index.htm • http://travel.webshots.com/photo/ 1086699463038334073bjOJgh
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