Washington to Wairau with Wakefield

I found this article on the History Geek’s blog absolutely fascinating.  It describes an intriguing link between the burning of the White House in Washington in 1814, and the Wairau Affray in New Zealand in 1843.

The destruction of the White House is a scene most commonly associated with fictional alien invasions or terrorist plots on the big screen, but today marks two hundred years since an enemy force marched on Washington and set fire to the famous residence. This is the relatively unknown yet remarkable story of how one of the junior officers in the force that torched the White House went on to become the founding father of one of New Zealand’s earliest settlements and ultimately met his fate during a skirmish with one of the most revered and feared of all Māori chiefs – Te Rauparaha.  read more …

 

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