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Exploiting resources (1st of 3)

Exploiting resources

The first Europeans quickly profited by the available resources. Among the earliest to arrive were sealers who, as this painting shows, used brutal methods to kill seals for oil and fur. By about 1820 the seal harvest in the southern regions of New Zealand was over.

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Brian Easton, 'Economy - The European economy: a history', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/artwork/3737/exploiting-resources (accessed 23 October 2017)

Story by Brian Easton, updated 16 Sep 2016