Māori were skilled horticulturalists before the arrival of Europeans, but had a limited range of crops. They quickly adopted plants brought by missionaries and settlers, and by the late 1840s were growing them on a commercial scale. This 1852 painting shows canoes from the Bay of Plenty transporting cereals, vegetables, fruit and livestock to trade in the growing town of Auckland.
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