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distant, it was evident that we had been in the most imminent danger. Nor were we yet in safety, the wind veering more easterly, so that for some time, we did but just keep our distance from the coast.

In the afternoon of the 20th, some of the na. tives came off in their canoes, bringing with them a few pigs and plantains. We continued trading with the people till four in the afternoon; when, having got a pretty good supply, we made fail, and stretched off to the northward.

I had never met with a behaviour so free from reserve and suspicion, in my intercourse with any tribes of savages, as we experienced in the people of this island. It was very common for them to send up into the ship the several articles they brought off for barter; afterward, they would come in themselves, and make their bargains on the quarter-deck. The people of Otaheite, eveb after our repeated vifits, do not care to put fo much confidence in us.

On the 23d, we tacked to the southward, and had hopes of weathering the island. We should have succeeded, if the wind had not died away, and left us to the mercy of a great swell, which carried us fast toward the land, which was not

agues distant. At length some light puffs of which came with howers of rain, put us Hanger. While we lay, as it were becalmveral of the islanders came off with hogs,

fruit, and roots. t four in the afternoon, after purchasing evething that the natives had brought off, which as full as much as we had occasion for, we mads ail and stretched to the north. At midnight we ked and stood to the fouth-east. Upon a fup

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position that the Discovery would see us tack, the lignal was omitted ; but she did not see us, as we afterward found, and continued standing to the north ; for, at day-light next morning, The was not in sight.' At fix in the evening, the fouthernmost extreme of the island bore south-wett, the nearest thore seven or eight miles distant; so that we had now succeeded in getting to the windward of the island, which we had aimed at with so much perseverance.

The Discovery, however, was 'not yet to be seen. But the wind, as we had it, being very favourable for her to follow us, I concluded that it would not be long before the joined us.

We began to be in want of fresh provision on the 30th. At ten o'clock next morning, we were met by the islanders with fruit and roots; but in all the canoes were only three small pigs.

Before day-break the atmosphere was again loaded with heavy clouds; and the new year was nihered in with very hard rain, which continued at intervals till past ten o'clock. We lay to, trading with the inhabitants till three o'clock in the afternoon; when, having a tolerable supply, we made fail, with a view of proceeding to look for the Discovery.

The three following days were spent in run, ning down the south-east side of the island.

On the 5th in the morning, we passed the south point of the illand. On this there stands a prets ty large village, the inhabitants of which thronged off to the thip with hogs and women. It was not poilible to keep the latter from coming on board. This part of the country, from its aps pearance, did not seem capable of affording any vegetables. Marks of its having been laid waste You. VII.

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by the explotion of a volcano, every where presented themselves : the devastation that it had made in this neighbourhood, was visible to the naked eye.

Between ten and eleven next morning, we saw with pleasure the Discovery coming round the south point of the island; and, at one in the afternoon, the joined us. Captain Clerke then coming on board, informed me that he had cruised four or five days where we were separated, i and then plied round the east side of the island; ? but that, meeting with unfavourable winds, he had been carried to fome distance from the coaft. He had one of the islanders on board all this time, who had remained there from choice, and had refused to quit the thip, though opportuni. ties had offered.

For several days we kept, as usual, standing off and on, with occasional visits from the natives. At day-break, on the 16th, seeing the appearance of a bay, I sent Mr. Bligh, with a boat from each thip, to examine it, being at this time three leagues off. Canoes now began to arrive from all parts; fo that before ten o'clock, there were not fewer

thousand about the two thips, most of wded with people, and well laden with

other productions of the island. One Visiters took out of the ship a boat's rudHe was discovered ; but too late to recover thought this a good opportunity to thew

people the use of firearms; and two or pe muskets, and as many four-pounders were red over the canoe, which carried off the rudder is it was not intended that any of the thot Iliould ke effect, the surrounding multitude of natives

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In the evening Mr. Bligh returned, and reported that he had found a bay, in which was good anchorage, and fresh water. Here I refolved to carry the tips to refit, and supply ourselves with every refreshment the place could afford. Numbers of our visiters request permission to sleep on board. Curiosity was not the only motive, at least with some ; for the next morning, several things were misling, which determined me not to entertain so many another night.

At eleven o'clock in the forenoon we anchored in the bay, which is called by the natives Karakakooa. The ships continued to be much crowded with natives, and were surrounded by a multitude of canoes. I had no where, in the course of my voyages, seen so numerous a body of people assembled at one place. For besides those in canoes, all the fhore was covered with spectators, and many hundreds were swimming round the Thips like thoals of fish. We could not but be struck with the fingularity of this scene ; few now lamented our having failed in our endeavours to find a northern pailage homeward last summer. To this disappointment we owed our having it in our power to revisit the Sandwich Islands, and to enricliour voyage with a discoveTy which, though the last, seemed, in many respects, to be the most important that had hitherto been made by Europeans, throughout the extent of the Pacific Ocean,

While Captain Cook seems to have enjoyed the idea of this discovery, little did he imagine that his labours were fo foon to be terminated at this disastrous place, which will ever derive a disgrace

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ful immortality from his fate. Here his journai ends; and as we have recorded the principal events i of his useful life, we shall detail tle melancholy circumstances that led to his lamented death, pre. serving as nearly as possible the words of his ami. able coadjutor, Captain King, whose account of the voyage now commences.

Karakakooa Bay is situated on the west side of the Island of Owhyhee, in a district called Akona. It is about a mile in depth, and bounded by two low points of land at the distance of half a league from each other. On the north point, which is flat and barren, stands the village of Kowrowa; and in the bottom of the bay, near a grove of tall cocoa-nut trees, there is another village of a more confiderable size, called Kakooa. This bay appearing to Captain Cook a proper place to refit the ships, and lay in an additional supply of water and provisions, we moored on the north fide.

As soon as the inhabitants perceived our intention of anchoring in the bay, they came off from the shore in astonishing numbers, and exprefled their joy by finging and thouting, and exhibiting a variety of wild and extravagant gertures.

Among the chiefs that came on board the Re. solution, was a young man called Pareea, whom we soon perceived to be a perion of great authority. On presenting himself to Captain Cook, he told him that he was jakanee to the king of the island, who was at that time engaged on a military expedition at Mowee, and was expected to return within three or four days. A few prea sents from Captain Cook attached him entirely to our interests, and he became exceedingly ure

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