This map marks Cook's route around the Tongan islands, which he discovered in 1773, The islands are also known as the Friendly Islands because of the friendly reception accorded to Captain Cook. He happened to arrive at the time of the yearly donation of the first fruits to the Tu'i Tonga, the islands chief, and was invited to the festivities. According to the writer William Mariner, in reality the chiefs had wanted to kill Cook during the gathering, but had been unable to agree on a plan. Copper engraving. Overall sheet size: 37.8cms x 24.7cms; image size: 335mm x 230mm. Top margin augmented with old paper to aid mounting (three repaired tiny wormholes in this added paper) else some dust marking top right else very condition.
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