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13 January, 1770

 

On 13 January, 1770, James Cook wrote “At 5 AM saw for a few Minutes the Top of the peaked Mountain above the Clowds, bearing NE; It is of a prodigious height and its top is cover'd with everlasting snow... I have named it Mount Egmont in honour of the Earl of Egmont... This mountain seems to have a pretty large base and to rise with a gradual assent to the peak and what makes it more conspicuous is, its being situated near the Sea, and in the middle of and a low flat Country in its neighbourhood which afforded a very good asspect, being cloathed with Wood and Verdure. The shore under the foot of this mountain forms a large Cape which I have named Cape Egmont”.

 

Joseph Banks wrote “This morn soon after day break we had a momentary view of our great hill the top of which was thick coverd with snow, tho this month answers to July in England. How high it may be I do not take upon me to judge, but it is certainly the noblest hill I have ever seen and it appears to the utmost advantage rising from the sea without another hill in its neighbourhood one 4th part of its hight. At sun set the top appeard again for a few minutes but the whole day it was coverd with clouds”.

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