Marion du Fresne lands in the Bay of Islands and, yet again, claims the country for France, calling it France Australe (South France).
1772 · Massacre at Te Hue Bay
French Explorer Marc-Joseph Marion du Fresne and 26 of his men were killed by the indigenous Maori while fishing at Manawaora Bay. The true motives were never figured out, but some speculate that it was because the visitors unknowingly broke some of the Maori's laws.
1787 · First Fleet and Founding of New South Wales
"Per the instructions of King George III and Lord Sydney, Arthur Phillips organized an expedition to establish the first British Colony in Australia. ""The First Fleet"" set off on May 13, 1787, and arrived at the Botany Bay on January 18, 1788. The resulting New South Wales colony included a large stretch of eastern Australia and most of New Zealand."