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Sokehs Rebellion

2019 (50 mins) Island Topics #75 HISTORY

During German colonial rule one of the chiefdoms on Pohnpei violently opposed the new colonial government. The violence began in retaliation for injuries inflicted on a Pohnpeian who was beaten by authorities. Soon the German governor and several others were killed by Sokehs people. At the arrival of German warships, the Sokehs people fled to the mountain peak where they defended themselves for a time before eventually slipping away to other parts of the island. In time they turned themselves in to German authorities, who executed 17 of the leaders and exiled the remaining 460 people to Palau. This video documents not just the events of this uprising but the personal story behind those events.

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