When the French navigator Marc Joseph Marion du Fresne stopped in the Bay of Islands in 1772 a series of misunderstandings led to violence. Marion du Fresne and 24 of his crew were killed. The survivors took retribution on the locals, and the incident helped establish a view that Māori were treacherous 'savages'. This scene of Marion du Fresne's death was drawn by the French artist Charles Meryon, who spent time in New Zealand in the 1840s.
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