View of Matavai Bay, Tahiti from One Tree Hill

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View of Matavai Bay, Tahiti from One Tree Hill

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This engraving of Matavai Bay in Tahiti shows the bark Endeavour anchored in the bay close to Fort Venus, the site from which Captain Cook observed the transit of Venus in 1769.

The engraving is from the bestselling account of Cook's circumnavigation that was published in John Hawkesworth's An Account of the Voyages Undertaken by the Order of His Present Majesty. For Making Discoveries in the Southern Hemisphere. This is from a small format edition of 1789, much less lavish and expensive than the original edition of 1773.

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Object contributed by Museum of the History of Science, University of Oxford

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