7 Dec 2017

The history of the Napoleonic Wars and NZ place-names

From Afternoons with Jesse Mulligan, 2:31 pm on 7 December 2017
Sir Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington

Sir Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington Photo: Public Domain

Two and a half years ago we celebrated the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo.  This event in 1815, when the Duke of Wellington defeated Napoleon was the famous conclusion to a 12 year struggle termed the Napoleonic Wars. 

Grant Morris from Victoria University tell us that dDespite being on the other side of the world and finishing 25 years before the Treaty of Waitangi, this campaign (1803-1815) had a lasting impact on New Zealand in the form of place-names (amongst other things).