1800-1859 | New Zealand

Britain signs a treaty with the Maoris only to renege on it

6 February 1840 On 6 February 1840, the treaty of Waitangi was signed between representatives of the crown and five hundred Maoris chiefs. While recognising ultimate British sovereignty over New Zealand, it promised in return that ‘Her Majesty confirmed and guaranteed to the chiefs and tribes of New Zealand the full, exclusive and undisturbed possession…

1800-1859 | 1970-1979 | Backing terror operations | Northern Ireland | Opium

9 APRIL

LORD PALMERSTON JUSTIFIES MILITARY PROTECTION FOR BRITAIN’S OPIUM TRADERS [ 9 April 1840 ] Today in 1840, Foreign Secretary Lord Palmerston, justifying Britain’s determination to defend its opium traders from any interference from Chinese officials, told parliament that it was not Britian’s responsibility to protect ‘the morals of the Chinese people who were disposed to…