A Traveller's History of New Zealand and the South Pacific Islands
A Traveller's History of New Zealand and the South Pacific Islands gives the curious tourist not only a modern day portrait of New Zealand and the far flung islands, their political systems and economic diversity, but also looks at the early settling of this massive area which covers about a fifth of the whole surface of the earth. When European navigators first sailed into the region, they were astonished at the exotic shared culture and language of the natives, separated in many cases by terrifying stretches of open ocean. The story of the peopling of the South Pacific Islands and New Zealand is one of the world's great epics. The book also has practical information for visitors, an Historical Gazetteer, and is illustrated with relevant maps plus a Chronology of Events. Special topics covered include Firewalking in Fiji, the Musket Wars, the Haka, Polynesian Tattooing and the Jon Frum Cargo Cult of Vanuatu. Book jacket.
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American archipelago arrived atolls Auckland Australia battle became began Britain British Cakobau Caledonia canoes Canterbury centre century chiefs Christchurch Christian claimed coast colonies Cook Islands culture decades developed Dunedin early east Easter Island economic election established European evolved Fiji Fijian firewalk fishing France French Polynesia German Governor Guinea haka harbour Hongi independence Kanak Labour land Lapita largest later leader Maori Melanesian miles missionaries moko Musket Wars National Nga Puhi Ngati Ngati Toa North Island numbers NZ's ocean Otago Pacific Islands parliament Party political Polynesian Pomare population prime minister Rauparaha reefs region sailed Samoa Seddon settlement settlers ships Society Islands Solomon Islands South Pacific South Pacific Islands Sydney Tahiti Tahitian Tahu tapu Taranaki territory Tonga took town trade Traveller's History Treaty of Waitangi tribes troops Tu'i Tuamotus Vanuatu volcanic voyage Waikato warriors Wellington Western whaling women Zealand