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The Oxford Illustrated History of New Zealand
Edited by Keith Sinclair

The history of the country we now call New Zealand spans more than a thousand years. It was discovered by intrepid Polynesian voyagers from either the Cook Islands or Tahiti, who had sailed far to the south in a catamaran and it was `rediscovered' by Tasman in 1642 and Cook in 1769. Within a few decades of Cook's first visit, whalers, sealers and traders had arrived, and from 1814 onwards, missionaries. By 1839 there were about two thousand settlers, and somewhere between 100,000 and 200,000 Maori.

This book brings one thousand years of history to life. It has been written for the general reader seeking a greater understanding of the country's past. Scrupulous attention has been paid to the history of the Maori, with chapters on the Polynesian settlers, on the Maori in colonial times, on Maori prophet leaders, and on the Maori in the twentieth century. In addition, there is a chapter on New Zealand as a Pacific nation, and another on New Zealand in the world.

The pictures have been chosen to illustrate the lives of ordinary people, at work and leisure, in uniform, being born, and signing on for the pension. But great New Zealanders have not been forgotten: there are also pictures of sportspeople, writers, artists, leaders, and politicians. The result is a book that will be an essential resources for every New Zealand home.

Paperback, 2nd edition1997, 408pages, in very good condition
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