The 2nd Maori War

The war ended in a stalemate, but the conflicts which would be fought before New Zealand would be at peace were not yet over. This is a rare account of the Second Maori War written by a contemporary witness.

Author: Robert Carey

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ISBN: 1846773598

Category: History

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One of Queen Victoria's 'little wars' to build the British Empire The Second Maori War, or First Taranaki War, was one more bloody instalment of the conflicts between European settlers and the indigenous Maori people in the wars of dominance that marred the creation of New Zealand as a unified country. As usual the Europeans had little to their credit on their side of the dispute which centred around the dubious sale of tracts of land. As the Maoris objected by protest and eventually by force, the British Army was called in to subdue them. Predictably, the Maoris proved no easy opponent to dominate. They possessed a strong martial tradition and were masters of the deep forest and builders of strong and difficult to assault fortifications known as 'pahs'. Several bloody battles ensued around New Plymouth, in the Taranaki district, in which the Crown forces learned by serious defeat the folly of underestimating a 'primitive enemy'. The war ended in a stalemate, but the conflicts which would be fought before New Zealand would be at peace were not yet over. This is a rare account of the Second Maori War written by a contemporary witness.

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