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20 July, 1769

 

On 20 July, 1769, James Cook at Raiatea wrote “I landed in company with Mr Banks and the other Gentlemen... I then hoisted an English Jack and took posession of the Island & those adjacent in the name of His Britk Majestys, calling them by the same names as the Natives do”.

Joseph Banks wrote “At noon today come to an anchor at Ulhietea [Raiatea]... On landing... an English Jack was set up on shore and Captn Cooke took possession of this and the other three Islands in sight viz. Huahine, Otahah [Taha’a] and Bola Bola [Bora Bora] for the use of his Britannick majesty. After this we walk together to a great Marai calld Tapodeboatea [Taputapuatea] whatever that may signifie”.
Taputapuatea marae was registered as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in July 2017.

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