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15 September, 1770

 

On 15 September, 1770, James Cook wrote “in the Morning we saw several houses, Plantations &ca. At 9 oClock we got the wind at NEBE a light breeze. At Noon we were about 2 Leagues from the land... Steerd along shore SW and SWBW”.

 

Joseph Banks wrote “Wind came fair today and left our melancholy ones to search for some new occasion of sorrow. There was much less of it than we could have wishd and yet enough to alter the appearance of the countrey very sensibly. The Island was now Hilly tho not near so high as it had been; the Hills in general came quite down to the sea and where they did not, instead of flats and mangrovy land, were immense groves of Cocoa nut trees; about a mile up from the Beach began the plantations and houses almost innumerable standing under the shade of large grovesof Palms appearing like Fan Palm (Borassus); the Plantations which were in general enclosd with some kind of Fence reach’d almost to the tops of the Hills, but near the Beach were no certain marks of habitations seen. But what surpr[i]zd us most was that notwithstanding all these indisputable marks of Populous countrey we saw neither people nor any kind of cattle stirring all the day, tho our glasses were almost continualy employ’d”.

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