By Philippa Mein Smith
New Zealand used to be the final significant landmass, except Antarctica, to be settled through people. the tale of this rugged and dynamic land is fantastically narrated, from its origins in Gondwana a few eighty million years in the past to the twenty-first century. Philippa Mein Smith highlights the consequences of the country's smallness and isolation, from its overdue cost through Polynesian voyagers and colonisation via Europeans and the exchanges that made those humans Maori and Pakeha to the dramatic struggles over land and up to date efforts to regulate worldwide forces.
A Concise heritage of latest Zealand locations New Zealand in its worldwide and nearby context. It unravels key moments the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi, the Anzac touchdown at Gallipoli, the sinking of the Rainbow Warrior displaying their position as nation-building myths and connecting them with the fewer dramatic forces, fiscal and social, that experience formed modern New Zealand.
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French explorers A common French view is that Cook brought his fate upon himself through his violent behaviour. This perspective is unsurprising given that France was Britain’s enemy until 1815 and a competitor for imperial dominance in the Pacific. French explorers have been neglected in New Zealand. British naming rights decided the hierarchy of the three highest peaks in the Southern Alps visible from the coastline, named in descending order by height Cook, Tasman and La Perouse after the earliest European explorers to see them.
Part of becoming Maori entailed applying Polynesian crafts to local resources. Women worked the native flax. They selected particular shells to scrape the tough flax leaves, and wove the strands into mats for clothing and to cover floors of houses; they also made baskets, thatch for roofs, rope and netting. 5 to 3 km long. Men built houses and canoes. The land was abundant in tall timber such as totara and kauri in Northland, ideal 20 A Concise History of New Zealand for hollowing out logs to build single-hulled canoes.
On his first visit, he left without a sailor killed or wounded, while Maori lost 10 men killed and many wounded. With colonisation, however, the Enlightenment view gained ground. Its development has a simple explanation: Cook’s triumphant first two voyages – especially the first, in 1769–70 – belong more to New Zealand history than his third tragic voyage, during which his ships again anchored in Queen Charlotte Sound in 1777. He died violently in Hawaii two years later, entangled in contradictions.
A Concise History of New Zealand (2nd Edition) (Cambridge Concise Histories) by Philippa Mein Smith