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The Early Years
In the late 18th and early 19th centuries, New Zealand was seen by Europeans as the most remote country on earth. Fifty years after Captain James Cook arrived in 1769, fewer than 200 travelers had ended up settling there. In contrast there were 100,000 M?ori. For most Europeans New Zealand was an unappealing prospect, a strange and lonely land reached after 100 days on dangerous seas; its coasts were thought treacherous, its inhabitants bloodthirsty. Only exceptional reasons led people to set off for such a distant.The History of Immigration
Some had come most of the way against their will to the Australian convict settlement of Sydney. Established in 1788, the city of Sydney had 5,000 people by 1813, and 12,000 by 1826. Many of New Zealand’s early immigrants first spent time in Australia, and most of them were only temporary visitors in search of items to trade.The History of Immigration
Sixteen-year-old James Caddellwas a sealer when he landed with sailors on Stewart Island in 1810. They were attacked by M?ori, and all were killed except for Caddell. He married the chief’s daughter, Tokitoki, had his face tattooed, became a local chief and, when Europeans encountered him in 1823, remembered so little of his mother tongue that it was difficult for him to act as interpreter.The History of Immigration”
The first women settlers, who landed in 1806, were the notorious mutineer and ex-convict Charlotte Badger and her fellow rebel Catherine Hagerty. Some seamen or ex-convicts lived with or close to M?ori, learning their language, often fathering children with M?ori women, and acting as go-betweens for traders, and interpreters. They were known as P?keh?–M?ori. The History of Immigration”
Who was the first European living and working in New Zealand? We can never know for certain, but it may have been James Cavanagh, a convict sailor, who fled from the New South Wales government vessel, Lady Nelson, into the bush in the Bay of Islands in 1804.The History of Immigration“