You might take a look at "The Black Bearded Barbarian", the story of G.L. Mackay, an early visitor and a good read. Available for free at librovox.com (or .org) - cant recall. I really enjoyed it. Actually, I have the whole book on word.doc but it has some underlined vocabs for a teaching aid I used to use. If you want the word.doc, just let me know with email and I'll send it.
My reading of history convinces me that most bad government results from too much government.