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14 October, 1769

 

On 14 October, 1769, James Cook wrote “Inland are a chain of pretty high mountains extending N. and S, on the sumets and sides of these mountains are were many patches of snow, but between them and the Sea the Land is Cloathed with wood. 

Joseph Banks wrote “This morn high mountains inland were in sight on the tops of which the snow was not yet melted, the countrey near the shore low and unfavourable...  Before noon we plainly saw that there was a small river ashore but no signs of shelter near it... In the evening the countrey flat: upon it were 3 or 4 prodigiously pretty groves of tall trees; near one of them was a square inclosure made with close and very high rails, what was within it we could not guess”.

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