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Carte de L'Isle de Taiti par Le Lieutenant J.Cook.
One of the duties assigned to Lieut.( later Capt.) James Cook by the Royal Society and the Admiralty in London, at the outset of his first voyage of exploration to the Pacific between 1768-1771, was to observe the transit of Venus, which would pass between the Earth and the Sun on the 3rd June 1769, and not be seen again for another 100 years.
Arriving in Tahiti in April 1769 Cook anchored his ship the Endeavour in Matavai Bay on Tahiti's northwest coast where he named a rocky promontory rising above the shoreline, Point Venus.
During his stay on the island, Cook charted Tahiti's coast which took him 5 days in a small Pinnace, and as this chart taken from his original sketches shows, he saw wooded and fertile regions, hills, and many thickly settled coastal communities.
This is the first detailed and accurate chart of Tahiti and it's neighbouring island of Eimeo, published in the late 18th century.
It was engraved by Robert Benard a well-known French engraver.
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