The Progress Of New Zealand In The Century

Paperback | May 16, 2012

byRobert Francis Irvine

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1902 Excerpt: ...settlement was disastrous. Outsettlers abandoned their farms and crowded into New Plymouth, which soon put on the appearance of a military camp; and hundreds of women and children were sent for safety to Nelson and elsewhere. In a few months 3000 regular soldiers, mostly drawn from Australia, were landed in Taranaki, and this force was increased by 500 settlers enrolled as militiamen. The scene of operations was the country extending from Waitara along the coast to Tataraimaka. It was seamed by ravines and waterways from the slopes of Mount Egmont, and the tall fern and forest which covered most of its surface afforded excellent cover for guerilla fighters, and correspondingly embarrassed the evolution of regular troops, who, led by men of mediocre ability, exasperated the colonists by the slowness of their movements, and the maddening cautiousness of their tactics. All through the Maori war, in fact, the Imperial troops were handled so blunderingly that they became the laughing-stock of both races. So far the quarrel with Wiremu Kingi had not involved the tribes owning the sway of the Maori King, but these were soon to take a hand in the fighting. In December, 1859, an emissary of the Waikatos had called at Waitara and left a flag, which, had it been accepted, would have been taken as a sign of adhesion to the King's cause. Wiremu Kingi was opposed to this step; the quarrel was his and his only. A strong party among the Taranakis, however, were in favour of kingism, and despatched a deputation to the King at Ngaruawahia, and while there the news that fighting had taken place at Waitara arrived at Waikato. It became necessary then to decide whether the king natives should take part in the fray. A chief sent to Waitara to inquire into the validity of Teira's...

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1902 Excerpt: ...settlement was disastrous. Outsettlers abandoned their farms and crowded into New Plymouth, which soon put on the appearance of ...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:124 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.26 inPublished:May 16, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217606059

ISBN - 13:9780217606059

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