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British Slavery and Maori

Posted by on March 27, 2013


In 1807 the British signed the Slavery abolition Act this was 30 years before signing the Treaty of Waitangi. The slavery abolition Act didn’t free all slaves across the empire it just prevented the acquisition of more slaves. Britain was the first large slave trading  country to abolish slavery. From 1641 to 1652, over 500,000 Irish were killed by the English and another 300,000 were sold as slaves. Ireland’s population fell from about 1,500,000 to 600,000 in one single decade. Many Anglo New Zealanders like to remind Maori that they were responsible for abolishing the slave trade but there are no records of British colonists suppressing slavery amongst Maori yet there are records of Maori being used as slave labour to build Portobello road in Dunedin, their crime was passive resistance to land confiscation at Parihaka. Maori didn’t enslave non-maori and Moriori were Maori. Maori slavery was limited and was in decline once many Maori had converted to Christianity thanks to the French missionary Pompallier. The Treaty hate movement have started an insidious campaign to highlight Maori slavery but turn a blind eye to the Pakeha enslavement of Maori at Parihaka by minimizing it calling it hard labour not slavery. The reason it was slavery is because the government was breaking the law confiscating land this was against the constitutions act that prevented  the state procuring private land. The treaty hate movement should review British slavery that forced millions of people into slavery not a few hundred that Maori acquired as prisoners of war.

2 Responses to British Slavery and Maori

  1. Sir Jones

    Um that photo is hardly Maori. First off, I know you want to look in charge and all, but white people didnt enslave black people. Your history is called “Blind History”, where you’re missing the Muslim, Islamic element. Moorish-Spain had a niche in “African” Slave markets. Do you get it. Just like you can’t sneak a bunch of diamonds out of Africa today, ya couldn’t sneak people out back then either without African Traders. The thought of Maori being enslaved by a bunch of drunks who were retailing Spanish weapons is delusional.
    Stick to Aryan History. At least there you can lie to yourself, and no one will care.

    • Joe

      Maori were enslaved to build Portobello Road in Dunedin after they were arrested at Parihaka. some were held for up to 30 years without trial – that’s Slavery

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