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Treaty of Waitangi

The Treaty of Waitangi: Maori chiefs recognise British sovereignty and New Zealand becomes part of the British Empire. This was designed to guarantee land rights to the Maoris and give them British citizenship

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1840 Chief Chiefs Colonialism Exploration Imperialism Maori Maoris Recognise Sovereignty Treaty Zealand Racial Waitangi


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This powerful print captures a pivotal moment in history - the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, where Maori chiefs recognized British sovereignty over New Zealand. This event marked the beginning of New Zealand's colonization by the British Empire and had far-reaching implications for both Maori and European settlers. The image shows Maori chiefs standing proudly alongside British officials, as they come together to negotiate terms that would guarantee land rights to the indigenous people while also granting them British citizenship. The Union Jack flag flies high in the background, symbolizing the imperial power that was now extending its reach into this new territory. This photograph serves as a stark reminder of the complex dynamics at play during this time period - from issues of racial inequality and colonialism to questions of sovereignty and imperialism. It is a snapshot of a historical moment that continues to shape modern-day New Zealand society. As we reflect on this image, we are reminded of the importance of understanding our shared history and working towards reconciliation between different cultures and communities. The Treaty of Waitangi may have been signed over 180 years ago, but its legacy still resonates today in discussions around land rights, cultural preservation, and social justice.

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