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20 January, 1770

 

On 20 January, 1770, James Cook wrote “AM sent part of the powder ashore to be air'd... This morning I set out in the Pinnace, accompanied by Mr Banks and Dr Solander, in order to survey the West Coast of the Bay, we took our rout towards the head of the Bay but it was near noon before we had got [beyond] the place we had been before... at 8 oClock [pm] we return'd on board with the Pinnace from surveying the Bay in the doing of which I met with an excellent harbour [possibly Little Waikawa Bay] but saw no Inhabitants or any Cultivated land”.

 

Joseph Banks wrote “We made another excursion today. The bay every where where we have yet been is very hilly, we have hardly seen a flat large enough for a potatoe garden. Our freinds here do not seem to feel the want of such places as we have not yet seen the least apearance of cultivation, I suppose they live intirely upon fish dogs and Enemies”.

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