Wednesday, October 31, 2012

On October 31

On this day in ...
... 1863, 600 British troops embarked in an "armoured river fleet" to continue an invasion of the Waikato River in New Zealand, which had begun in July of the same year. The invasion was part of the Māori Wars, a conflict between British settlers and indigenous peoples that was waged from 1845 to 1872. More than a century later, in 1995, Queen Elizabeth II "agreed, in effect, to apologise for colonial injustices suffered by the Maori people in New Zealand," the Independent of London reported. Rather than leave the task of assent to her Governor-General, the queen gave her personal,
'royal assent to a New Zealand Act of Parliament explicitly acknowledging the injustices suffered by a Maori tribe whose lands were confiscated following a treaty signed by her predecessors.'
The statute also granted about $171 million in compensation. (credit for 1995 photo of British Queen Elizabeth II and Māori Queen Te Ātairangikaahu)

(Prior October 31 posts here, here, here, and here, and here.)

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