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: expeditions against the Angami Nagas in 1839
medium: reports
person: Grange/ Mr
ethnicgroup: Angami
location: Mezema (Mozima) Khonoma (Konima)
date: 1839
person: Maitland/ Capt. P.J.
date: 1880
person: India Office Library, London
refnum: IOR L/MIL/17/18/24
text: In 1839 there were two expeditions: the first under Mr. Grange, Sub-Assistant to the Commissioner, started from Nowgong and penetrated to the present confines of Manipur. It was too weak to do much fighting, but the Chief of Mozima undertook for his own village and Konima ( So spelt in the original, but it is doubtful what place is meant.) not to molest British territory again. It was then first proposed to constitute a hill district, but the Government of that day considered the tribes best left alone. In the cold weather of the same year a second expedition was started, and the Raja of Manipur promised co-operation, which he failed to carry out. This expedition was repeatedly attacked, but gave the Nagas several severe lessons. The savages learnt that a British force could penetrate their fastnesses, and for some time there was no more raiding.