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On 12 July 1769, Joseph Banks, botanist on the Endeavour, recorded in his journal with delight that a high ranking Society Islander, Tupaia, had resolved to travel to England with the ship: This morn Tupia came on board, he had renewed his resolves of going with us to England, a circumstance which gives me much satisfaction. He is certainly a most proper man, well born, cheif Tahowa or preist of this Island, consequently skilld in the mysteries of their religion; but what makes him more than any thing else desireable is his experience in the navigation of these people and knowledge of the Islands in these seas; he has told us the names of above 70, the most of which he has himself been at. The Captn refuses to take him on his own account, in my opinion sensibly enough, the government will never in all human probability take any notice of him; I therefore have resolvd to take him. Thank heaven I have a sufficiency and I do not know why I may not keep him as a curiosity, as well as some of my neighbours do lions and tygers at a larger expence than he will probably ever put me to; the amusement I shall have in his future conversation and the benefit he will be to this ship, as well as what he may be if another should be sent to these seas, will I think fully repay me. (1)

GENRE
Non-Fiction
RELEASED
2009
July 1
LANGUAGE
EN
English
LENGTH
35
Pages
PUBLISHER
Australian and New Zealand Association for Medieval and Early Modern Studies
SIZE
114.1
KB

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