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5 December, 1768


On 5 December, 1768, James Cook wrote “At 4 AM weighed and tow'd down the Bay (being calm) with an intent to go to Sea, but having two shott fired at us from Santa Cruz Fort was obliged to come to an Anchor and to send a boat to the fort to know the reason of their fireing, who it seems had no orders to let us pass without which no ship can go to sea. [When allowed to proceed] weigh'd in order to put to sea but before we could heave up the Anchor it got hold of a rock where it held fast in spite of all our endeavours to clear it untill the Sea breeze set in”.

Joseph Banks wrote “This day and yesterday the air was crowded in an uncommon manner with Butterflies cheifly of one sort, of which we took as many as we pleasd on board the ship, their quantity was so large that at some times I may say many thousands were in view at once in almost any direction you could look, the greatest part of them much above our mast heads”.


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