19 March 1861

The First Taranaki War ends in New Zealand.

The First Taranaki War was a conflict fought between the M?ori people of the Taranaki region in New Zealand and the British colonial government in the early 1860s. The war began in March 1860 and lasted until March 1861.

The immediate cause of the war was a dispute over the sale of land in Waitara, a small town in Taranaki. The M?ori chief, Wiremu Kingi Te Rangitake, claimed that the sale of the land was invalid because he had not given his consent. The British government, on the other hand, argued that the sale was legal and proceeded to establish a military garrison on the land.

The M?ori responded by building fortifications around the town and refusing to allow the British soldiers to leave their garrison. Tensions escalated, and in July 1860, fighting broke out between the two sides. The conflict quickly spread to other parts of Taranaki, with both sides suffering casualties.

The British government eventually sent more troops to the region, and in March 1861, they succeeded in taking control of Waitara. However, the war did not completely end, and sporadic fighting continued in the region for several years.