Mrs Tohitoariki

New Zealand

The Life of Tohitoariki

Mrs Tohitoariki was born in 1600, in New Zealand. She had at least 2 sons. She died in her hometown.

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Age 42

Dutch explorer Abel Tasman discovers part of the western littoral of New Zealand and names his discovery "Staten Landt".
1642 · The First Meeting (Golden Bay)

Age 42

In 1642, a Dutch explorer named Abel Janszoon Tasman sailed into Mohua, known as the Golden Bay. Initially, the local Māori people had warned the mysterious visitors by blowing at them with shell instruments. Tasman's crew misunderstood the gesture and responded by playing tunes back with their own instruments, inadvertently inciting a challenge. Due to this event and other cultural misunderstandings, a brief period of violence began. After several small battles and an escape attempt, Tasman's crew finally managed to leave the region. In his frustration, Tasman would rename the location "Murderers Bay", and Europeans would not return to the location for more than 120 years.

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