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Title: [Antique view of native dwellings on the island of Kaua'i, Hawaiii] Binnengezigt van het eiland Atooi.
Author: Cook, Capt. J.
PlaceAndYear: Leiden, 1795-1803.
Description: Captain James Cook (1728-79), explorer, circumnavigator and hydrographer. Three voyages, 1768-71, 1772-75 and 1776-79. From 1778 on printed editions of ' Captain Cook's Travels' appeared in English, Italian, French and Dutch. On his third voyage (1776- 1779) Cook caught the first sight of the Hawaiian islands on November 26, 1778 and left the archipelago on the 15th of March,1778, to return in February of 1779, where he was killed in a skirmish on February 14th.View of native dwellings on the island of Kaua'i. Cook and his men were warmly received during their visit to Kauai, and the native Hawaiians were eager to trade and to offer their support. In this image, two natives are shown rolling a wooden barrel filled with water toward the beach, while a crewman, center foreground, rolls an empty barrel toward the inland pond. Several other crewmen, muskets in hand and swords at their side, are bartering with the natives. According to Cook, "We no sooner landed than a trade was set on foot for hogs and potatoes, which the people gave us in exchange for nails and pieces of iron formed into something like chisels. We met with no obstructions in watering, on the contrary the Natives assisted our people to roll the casks to and from the pond." In general, this idyllic scene represents an image of serenity and prosperity consistent with Cook's observations about the native lifestyle that he found in his travels about the islands. From a Dutch edition of ‘Cook's voyages'.
Dimensions: 220 x 460 mm
Colouring: uncoloured
Condition: a small tear unobtrusively restored, otherwise very good
  • Number: 1012089
  • Dealer: Speculum Orbis Nauticum

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