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The middle figure represents a fly-trap of the Island Ohiteroa; the two side figures, handles of the same instruments made in Otaheite


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Object ID PAI3966
Description Otaheite was originally named Port Royal Harbour in King George the Third's Island by Captain Samuel Wallis (1728-1795). The first encounter between the Europeans and the islanders was on 15 January 1769. This was likely done by Sydney Parkinson, a Scottish botanical and natural history artist employed by Joseph Banks on Captain James Cook's first voyage. Captain Cook (1728-1779) made three separate voyages to the Pacific (with the ships Endeavour, Resolution, Adventure, and Discovery) and did more than any other voyager to explore the Pacific and Southern Ocean. Cook not only encountered Pacific cultures for the first time, but also assembled the first large-scale collections of Pacific objects to be brought back to Europe. He was killed in Hawaii in 1779. Mounted on page with PAI3965, and in album with PAI3938-PAI3965, PAI3967-PAI4076.; Page 25.
Date made 1770s

Credit National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London
Materials engraving
Measurements Sheet: 228 x 185 mm
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