maxwell and roberts on the whangaroa incident


Alexander Maxwell & Evan Roberts, ‘The Whangaroa Incident, 16 July 1824 A European–Māori Encounter and Its Many Incarnations’, Journal of Pacific History 49, 1 (2014).

This paper examines an incident in 1824 in which the Ngāti Pou of Whangaroa Harbour (New Zealand) boarded a European ship, holding its crew and three missionaries captive for two hours. During the 19th century the incident was retold approximately 30 times in Europe and America. This paper describes the original incident from primary sources and then discusses how the various incarnations of the story enabled different authors to draw diverse moral lessons. The changing narrative provides a window into various European attitudes towards the Indigenous peoples of New Zealand.

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