New Zealand

Main

Polynesians discovered and settled in New Zealand.

1350

Abel Tasman becomes the first European to discover New Zealand.

1642

Capt. James cook, claims and charts New Zealand for Britain.

1770

Mar-Joseph Marion du Fresne of France, claims country for France.

1772

Vicious epidemic of rewha-rewha kills 60% of North Island population of Māori

1790

The Musket Wars.

1807 - 1840

Māori sign the Treaty Of Waitangi.

1840

The Land Wars.

1845 - 1872

Gold is discovered.

1861

New Zealand becomes the first country to allow women the right to vote.

1893

New Zealand gains independence from Great Britain.

1947