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13 June, 1769

 

On 13 June, 1769, James Cook wrote “Tootaha whome we have not seen for some time past paid us a Viset to Day, he brought with him a Hog and some Bread fruit for which he was well paid”.

Joseph Banks wrote “Mr Monkhouse our surgeon met to day with an insult from an Indian, the first that has been met with by any of us. He was pulling a flower from a tree which grew on a burying ground and consequently was I suppose sacred, when an Indian came behind him and struck him; he seiz’d hold of him and attempted to beat him, but was prevented by two more who coming up seizd hold of his hair and rescued their companion after which they all ran away”.

William Monkhouse had picked a flower that grew on a tree at a marae, a terrible desecration.

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