The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

published - Chapter II, 'Detailed Report on the Naga Hills Expedition of 1879-80', Capt. P.J. Maitland

caption: first attempts by the British to contact the Nagas
medium: reports
person: Pemberton/ Capt.Jenkins/ Capt.Gordon/ Lt.Gambir Sing <Rajah
ethnicgroup: Angami
date: 1832
person: Maitland/ Capt. P.J.
date: 1880
person: India Office Library, London
refnum: IOR L/MIL/17/18/24
text: The country of the Angami Nagas was first visited by British officers in 1832, "when Captains Pemberton and Jenkins endeavoured to open a communication through these hills between Manipur and Assam. They met with a most determined resistance, and had literally to fight their way through to Nowgong. Later on in the same year Lieutenant Gordon, accompanied by a powerful force under Raja Gambir Sing, explored a second route through the hills, and the Raja entertained designs of subjugating all the wild tribes between Assam and Manipur that there might be a free path for commerce into his secluded little kingdom.