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American whalers

American whalers

American whaling vessels began visiting New Zealand in the 1790s and were conspicuous in Northland waters by the 1830s. This extract from the US Journal of the Senate for 9 December 1840 describes measures taken to protect American citizens working in the whaling industry in various parts of the Pacific, including New Zealand.

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Library of Congress, Journals of Congress
Reference: Journal of the Senate 31 (December 1840): 19

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Claudia Orange, 'Northland region - First Māori–European encounters', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/document/7596/american-whalers (accessed 9 December 2019)

Story by Claudia Orange, updated 1 May 2015