For an example of a suitable business translation that got lost in the translation series, see the pages of ancient history. In 1840 the British government signed an agreement with the Maori leaders in New Zealand.

The Maori wanted protection from the prisoners, sailors and merchants who ran their villages, and the British wanted to expand their colonial property. The Waitangi Agreement was drafted and signed by both parties.

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But they signed various documents. In the English version, the Maori must "grant Her Majesty the Queen of England absolutely and unconditionally all rights of sovereignty and power".

In a Maori translation compiled by an English missionary, they may surrender not sovereignty, but rule. They think they will get a legal system, but they have the right to rule themselves.

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