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Maori Wars of the Nineteenth Century:



In the beginning of 1817, Mr. Kendall notes that a naval expedition, under the command of Hongi-Hika, sailed from the Bay of Islands. It consisted of 30 canoes and about 800 men. Its object was to obtain a peace with Hongi-Hika’s enemies at the North Cape. The expedition, however, returned in about a fortnight, the people having quarrelled with those of Whangaroa, into which place they had put for refreshments, and being afraid, Hongi-Hika said, that the Whangaroa people would attack the settlers in his absence, he, for the present, abandoned his enterprise.