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13 August, 1769

 

On 13 August, 1769, James Cook wrote “Moderate breezes and Clear weather. At 2 P.M. Saw land bearing SE which Tupia calls the Island of Ohetiroa [Hiti-roa, now Rurutu]”.

Joseph Banks wrote “At noon today high land in sight which proved to be Tupias Island of Oheteróa. At night we were close in with it. He sayd that there were many other Islands from south to south west of us most of their names beginning with Ohete, none however were in sight”.

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