Story: Musket wars

Growing potatoes

Growing potatoes

This is believed to be Ngāpuhi leader Tāmati Wāka Nene's pā at Ōkaihau. The holes at the bottom of the palisade walls were loopholes through which muskets were fired. In the background are potato fields which helped to fund and provision tribes during the musket wars.

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Alexander Turnbull Library
Reference: A-079-031
Watercolour by Cyprian Bridge

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Basil Keane, 'Musket wars - Musket wars overview', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 20 April 2024)

Story by Basil Keane, published 20 Jun 2012