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21 October, 1770

 

On 21 October, 1770, James Cook wrote nothing.

It was possibly this day that Joseph Banks wrote “as I was walking the streets with Tupia a man totaly unknown to me ran out of his house and eagerly acosting me askd if the Indian whoom he saw with me had not been at Batavia before. On my declaring that he had not and asking the reason of so odd a question he told me that a year and a half before Mr De Bougainville had been at Batavia with two French ships, and that with him was an Indian [Ahutoru] so like this that he had imagind it to be the identical same person had not I informd him to the contrary. On this I enquir’d and found that Mr De Bougainville who was sent out by the French to the Malouine or Fauklands Islands... Had gone from thence to the River Plate... and afterwards came here Across the South seas in which passage he discoverd divers lands unknown before and from one of them brought the Indian in question”.

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