THE FORGOTTEN WARS: WHY THE MUSKET WARS MATTER TODAY
The musket replaced the taiaha among Māori during the nineteenth century, at first gradually then in a devastating rush. Groups who got the muskets first wreaked havoc amongst those armed with traditional close-combat weapons, unable to defend themselves against lethal musket balls.
From 1806 until 1845 the Musket Wars raged the length and breadth of Aotearoa. Epic raids by taua (war parties) so reshaped the Māori world that a large proportion of the population were killed, wounded, enslaved or displaced. Areas like Auckland became largely depopulated and ripe for British colonisation.
Yet schools have not taught the history of these wars depite their significance for future Māori-Crown relations. This book is a condensed, reorganised version of author Ron Crosby's The Musket Wars. It aims to explore how iwi came to be where they are today, and why all this matters into the future - ensuring these events are no longer forgotten wars.
Publication Date: October 2020
Dimensions: 160mm x 239mm
No. Of Pages: 208 pages