In response to our first “Then and Now” blog post from earlier this month, Matador Network reached out to us and asked if we could submit a similar article for their website. Of course we gladly obliged; and below is the final piece that they published on Monday, October 22. If you’ve enjoyed looking through these vintage photos of Tahiti, we’ve listed our sources at the bottom so you can browse through the history books yourself.
Tahiti 100 Years Ago and Today
In the span of 100 years, most places change considerably. Not Tahiti.
Tahiti has a long history. Located in the South Pacific, the islands were first settled by Polynesians as early as 200 AD. They were later discovered by Europeans during the 16th century and eventually colonized by France. Now a part of French Polynesia, Tahiti is the political and economic capital of this autonomous overseas country.
While the islands have seen a lot of change over time, some things remain the same. Tahitians have maintained their rich cultural heritage and the islands themselves are still just as beautiful as ever.
If you’re intrigued by these vintage photos of Tahiti and would like to see more, there are a lot of great publications out there that are public domain and available for download. Here’s a list of some of our sources:
- “Tahiti: A Series of Photographs” by Annie Brassey and H. Stuart-Wortley, published in 1882.
- “Tahiti the Golden” by Charles Keeler, published in 1902.
- “Tahiti: The Island Paradise” by Nicholas Senn, published in 1906.
- “The Romance of the South Seas” by Clement L. Wragge, published in 1906.
- “Eastern Pacific Lands: Tahiti and the Marquesas” by F.W. Christian, published in 1910.
- “A History of Tahiti” by Alfred G. Mayor, published in 1915.
- “Tahiti Days” by Hector Macquarrie, published in 1920.
- “The Secret Museum of Mankind” published by Manhattan House in 1920.
- “Tahiti: A Playground of Nature” by Paul Gooding from Volume 38 of The National Geographic Magazine, published in 1920.