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Impact of Europeans to Maori

Analyse the impact of European contact in Māori between 1642 and prior to the sighing of the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840. Between 1642 and prior to the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi, many European traders and missionaries arrived, bringing changes for Māori. They impacted the Māori society and introduced many new things to the Māori like pigs, muskets, tobacco and alcohol. Missionaries also influenced Māori and introduced Māori to Christianity and to the written language. Europeans changed the lifestyle of Māori, civilised Māori and taught them farming skills and new types of agricultural cultivation. The Europeans influenced the Māori trade. Pre European trade took the form of gift exchange with an obligation to reciprocate with an equal or…