1642 | First contact between Māori and Europeans | NZHistory

Gilsemans, Isaac: ‘A view of the Murderers’ Bay, as you are at anchor here in 15 fathom (1642)’.

On the evening of 18 December, Abel Tasman and his men had the first known European encounter with Māori. Although this initial meeting was peaceful, the misunderstanding and fear aroused by two such different worlds coming together soon led to violence.

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