In our second week in Fiji, we stayed on the north coast of the main island near the town center of Rakiraki. This area contains very beautiful jungle clad mountains but in addition there is also considerable cleared cultivated land that has been historically used and currently is used for sugar cane fields. Apparently when the British started these sugar cane plantations, they were unable to convince the native Fijians to work in the fields so they first used a practice of "Blackbirding" that allowed them to conscript other south Pacific natives like Somoans and Tongans to come to Fiji for a 3 - 5 year period as indentured servants. But this labor pool also ran out due to the grim conditions these people had to work under and gradual demise of the south pacific native population. The second option, also employed by the British in other colonies, was to import labor from India again as indentured servants. Thus, this explains the large number in Indo-Fijians in this area of Fiji. Although the people work quite hard and are productive in growing root crops (cassava and taro) and fruits (melons and papaya), there is very little mechanization as shown by the bullock cart we saw on the way to a native village.