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19 January, 1770

 

On 19 January, 1770, James Cook wrote “In the AM set up the Forge to repair the braces of the Tiller and such other Iron work as is was wanting. The natives came along side and sold us a quantity of large Mackerel for nails peices of Cloth and paper, and in this traffeck they never once attemptd to defraud us of any one thing, but dealt as fair as people could do”.

Joseph Banks wrote “Indians came this morn from another part of the bay where they said was a town which we had not seen: they brought plenty of fish which they sold for nails of which they hade by this time learnt the value”.

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