Thousands of Māori died in the intertribal Musket Wars of the 1810s, 1820s and 1830s. Many more were enslaved or became refugees. Northern rivals Ngāpuhi and Ngāti Whātua led the way, but all the tribes were soon trading for muskets.
At a time when the total population was perhaps 100,000 (compared to more than a million in 1914-18), the Musket Wars had a massive impact on these islands. Unlike the New Zealand Wars of the 1860s, the Musket Wars were New Zealand-wide.
The musket wars began, some argue, at Moremonui in 1807, with northern tribes pitted against each other. Clashes continued for almost a decade, with Māori war parties heading south into what is now Auckland. A year later, raiding parties reached Taranaki and the Bay of Plenty. Thereafter, war parties moved up the East Coast.
Mar 01, 1999 · Read a few years ago. Yearly chronicle of the musket wars in New Zealand where the only combatants are the tribes of New Zealand. Early on the first battle of muskets against traditional weapons was a disaster for Ngapuhi, but perseverance by Hone Heke finally got it right.
Story: Musket wars The intertribal musket wars of the 19th century saw battles in many parts of New Zealand and an ‘arms race’ involving a number of tribes. As …
Ballara, in Taua, says the musket wars were fought for essentially the same reasons as pre-musket wars—mainly to do with mana, tapu and utu, only the weapons changed. Even at the end of the period in the mid-1840s Māori essentially followed the same tikanga …
Consequences The consequences of the Musket Wars is divided into three key historical ideas. The first key historical idea is that widespread death in the Maori population was a consequence of the Musket Wars.
This gave the rifled musket an effective range of several hundred yards, which was a significant improvement over the smooth bore musket. For example, combat ranges of 300 yards were achievable using the rifled muskets of the American Civil War.
May 23, 2017 · Explore the history of Maori Culture in this History Guy episode about the New Zealand Musket Wars. The History Guy uses images that are in the Public Domain.