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16 July, 1769

 

On 16 July, 1769, James Cook wrote “some of the Natives [of Huahine] came off to the Ship but they were very shy of coming near untill they discover'd Tupia, but after that they came on board without hesitation - among those that who came on board was the King of the Island whose name is Oree  he had not been long on board before he and I exchange'd Names and we afterwards address'd each other accordingly”.

Joseph Banks wrote “This morn we were very near the Island [of Huahine]; some Canoes very soon came off but appeard very much frightned, one however came to us bringing a cheif and his wife,who on Tupia’s assurances of Freindship from us came on board. They were like the Otahite people in Language, dress, tattow, in short in Every thing”.

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