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3 December, 1769


On 3 December, 1769, James Cook wrote “sent two Boats to Sound the harbour and one to haul the Sain [seine net], the latter of which met with very little succes... [In the] PM Mr Banks, Dr Solander and my self landed upon one of the Islands [Moturua] on the north side of the one the Ship lays under”.



Joseph Banks wrote “Many Canoes were on board in the morn, one very large which carried 82 people. After breakfast Dr Solander and myself went ashore on the Continent; we found few plants and saw but few people but they were most perfectly civil... In the Even we went ashore on another Island [Moturua] where were many more people than we had seen in the morn, who livd in the same peacable stile and had very large plantations of sweet potatoes, yamms &c. all about their village”.

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