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20 February, 1770

 

On 20 February, 1770, James Cook wrote “we tacked and Stood off, being about 3 Miles from the shore which lies nearly north & south and is here very low and flat and continues so up to the skirts of the Hills which are at least 4 or 5 Miles in Land. The whole face of the Country appears barren, nor did we see any signs of inhabitants”.

Joseph Banks wrote “This morn we were close in with the land which appeard flat, sandy and very barren near the shore but rising into high hills inland. We stood in pretty near to it but saw no signs of inhabitants. W[ind] Southerly all day blowing fresh”.

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