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Trevor Bentley

Pakeha Slaves, Maori Masters: The Forgotten Story of New Zealand's White Slaves

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Throughout history, slavery has been practiced in many different forms and Maori slavery readily fits definitions of slavery elsewhere in world. This book discusses Pakeha (European) vassals or demi-slaves. While people are aware of the atrocities of the black slave trade around the world, few are familiar with the enslavement and trafficking of Europeans in 19th-century New Zealand.For ori, the sailors, convicts, missionaries, traders, whalers and sawyers who were captured were viewed as the property of their chiefs and existed primarily to serve their masters.

Trevor Bentley's new book, Pƒâ€ž‚kehƒâ€ž‚ Slaves, ori Masters, details the slave trade between the 1790s and 1880s in New Zealand which, as he puts it, was "not something that only white people did to black people". It examines when, where, why and how Maori obtained these slaves and explores the diverse slave roles performed by white slaves, their sale prices and the immediate and long term physical and psychological effects of their servitude. Using published histories by hapu and iwi historians and writings on customary law by Maori scholars, captivity narratives by returned Pakeha slaves, and contemporary accounts about white slaves in newspapers, journals, letters and logs historian Trevor Bentley paints a vivid picture of the interaction between Maori and Pakeha and life in the early days of the colony. ISBN: 9781869665227 150 x 210mm, 240 pages
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Pakeha Slaves, Maori Masters: The Forgotten Story of New Zealand's White Slaves