The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

published - extracts on Nagas from 'Assam Administration Report'

caption: IV. Naga Hills. Early history
caption: Historical Summary - The Hills Districts
caption: punishment - destruction of Khonoma
medium: reports
person: Vincent/ Lt.
location: Khonoma Mezema (Mezuma) Palongmai Kekrima
date: 1850
date: 1851
date: 1882
date: 1883
date: 1850-1851
text: In 1850 Lieutenant Vincent led a force to Mezuma to avenge Bhogchand's death, and remained there for six months, burning Khonoma during his stay. In the winter of 1850-51 the tenth expedition the greatest British force which had entered the hills, advanced to complete the work of punishment; and on the 10th and llth December 1850 the strong fort of Khonoma was taken under almost the same circumstances as attended its capture twenty-nine years later, in November 1879. Palongmai was burnt, and the Nagas of Kekrima, who challenged our troops, lost 300 killed in a hand-to-hand fight which was long remembered in the hills.