Holger Droessler

About Holger

Holger Droessler is a College Fellow in History at Harvard University and a Lecturer in History at Tufts University. Before earning a Ph.D. in the History of American Civilization at Harvard University (2015), he studied U.S. history and political science at the University of Munich. His research centers on the global history of the nineteenth century, especially U.S. and European imperialism in the Pacific. In his book project, Islands of Labor: Community, Conflict, and Resistance in Colonial Samoa, he explores the crucial role of workers in the making of empire in the South Pacific.

On June 16, 1774, James Cook became the first European to catch sight of a tiny coral island in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. Navigators from Samoa and Tonga had settled Niue, as the island is known today, as early as 900 CE. Cook attempted to land in Niue no fewer than three times,… MORE