You will all know about New Zealand, because the cricket team of this country is considered one of the best teams in the world, but do you know about the whole history of New Zealand. Like - who discovered this country and when did it happen. Although most people of the world know that this country was discovered by Captain James Cook of Britain in the year 1769, but you will be surprised to know that this is not completely true. European historians state that Captain James Cook first stepped on New Zealand soil, but it was first seen by Dutch sailor Abel Tasman on 13 December 1642. Now if you are thinking that the story of the discovery of this country is complete, then you are wrong. Yes, in fact the story of its discovery is centuries old, about which we are going to tell you in detail today.
Let us tell you that it is believed that New Zealand was discovered by the Maori people. These people are tribals living on the islands of Polynesia. He came here to live between 1250 and 1300 AD. Maori people call this country Aotearoa. They believe that New Zealand was discovered by a fisherman named Kupe, whose story is very interesting. According to the mythological story of the Maori society, Kupe belonged to Hawaiian. It is said that in the place where he used to catch fish, the octopus was already ambushed and he used to eat the bait for the fish. Now Kupe felt that this octopus belonged to Muturangi, the head of another tribe, who was his rival. So he told Muturangi to stop his octopus from eating his bait that was put for fish, but Muturangi refused to do so. After this Kupe vowed to kill him and set out in search of him.
They also say that while searching for the octopus by sea route, Kupe reached the islands of New Zealand. There he encountered the same octopus and a fierce fight took place between them. In this battle, Kupe finally killed the octopus. After this, he traveled to the North Island of New Zealand and also named many places. Although there is no clear evidence of when Kupe reached the islands of New Zealand. It is like a mythological story, which has been recited from generation to generation here and people believe the same. Although some people say that the time of Kupe's arrival in New Zealand is 750 AD, but this is also only heard. There is no clear evidence for this.