By the early 1860s the whole of the South Island had been bought by the Crown. This map shows the areas purchased, the year the purchase was made, and the price. The early purchase of land for European settlement allowed farming to rapidly expand in the South Island.
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Reference: Bronwyn Dalley and Gavin McLean, Frontier of Dreams. Auckland: Hachette Livre NZ, 2005, p. 157
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Source: Appendix to the Journals of the House of Representatives, 1865, G-3.