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19 July, 1769

 

On 19 July, 1769, James Cook wrote “As it was known to the natives that we intended to sail to day, Oree the Chief and several more came on board to take their leave of us, to the chief was given a small plate on which was stamp’d the following Inscription viz. His Britannick Maj. Ship Endeavour, Lieutt Cook Commander 16th July 1769.  Huaheine.  This was accompanied with some Medals or Counters of the English coine struck 1761 together with some other presents, all these but more particularly the plate the Cheif promised never to part with; this we thought would prove as lasting a Testimony of our having first discover’d this Island as any we could leave behind”.

Joseph Banks wrote “This morn trade rather better: got 3 very large hogs and some piggs by producing hatchets... In the afternoon go to Sea”.

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