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11 January, 1769

 

On 11 January, 1769, James Cook wrote “saw the Land of Terra del Fuego extending from the West to SEBS, distance off shore between 3 and 4 Leagues”, i.e. between 9 and 12 nautical miles.  They “saw some of the Natives who made a smook in several places, which must have been done as a signal to us as they did not continue it after we pass’d”.

Joseph Banks wrote “saw the Land of Terra del Fuego… Its appearance was not near so barren as the writer of Ld Ansons voyage has represented it, the weather exceedingly moderate so we stood along shore about 2 Leagues off, we could see trees distinctly through our glasses and observe several smokes made probably by the natives as a signal to us.  The captain now resolved to put in here if he can find a conv[en]ient harbour and give us an opportunity of searching a countrey so intirely new”.

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