Story: Taupori Māori – Māori population change

War speech

War speech

An unknown Ngāpuhi chief addresses a crowd of warriors in the Bay of Islands on their way to attack enemies in the Coromandel in 1838, in this painting by Augustus Earle. Some of the warriors carry muskets, the preferred item of trade with Europeans. While many Māori were killed by muskets, far more died from introduced diseases.

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Lithograph by Augustus Earle

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Ian Pool and Tahu Kukutai, 'Taupori Māori – Māori population change - Population changes, 1769–1840', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 23 June 2024)

Story by Ian Pool and Tahu Kukutai, published 5 May 2011, reviewed & revised 27 Sep 2018