How did the Europeans treat the Maori people?
In 1700, Europeans came sailing in their ships. The Maori traded with European whalers, those who were taking seals from New Zealand's coasts. The Maori traded fish and sweet potatoes for cloth, glass bottles, beads and nails. The Europeans and Maori usually got along well enough for trade, but in 1810, the captain and some crew members of a British ship who had gone ashore at Whangoroa Harbor, were killed and eaten by Maori who were attacking them for cruelty to one of their number, the British not having learned to be very careful about the sort of incident, led to the death of Captain James Cook.
The Europeans arrive at the island.