Curriculum-linked learning resources designed to work in the classroom.
Blank Omai journal template for you to complete.
Getting your portrait painted has always been quite expensive. Most of the time only important or rich people have had their portraits painted. Omai was important because he was the first Pacific islander to visit Britain: so his portrait was painted. William was not important or rich enough to be painted.
Omai grew up on an island called Raiatea. It was a beautiful island surrounded by crystal clear water that was perfect for swimming.
William Gooch was employed by the Board of Longitude to make better charts (sea maps) of the north-west coast of America. The Board tried to improve navigation at sea so that ships could travel more safely.
When William Gooch and Omai were alive, there were no telephones, no e-mail and no text messaging. The only way they could keep in touch with family and friends was to write letters.
Send home some postcards from your travels in the 18th century.
William Gooch drew this picture of a chief of Ohitahoo. The chief has many tattoos, which William drew in detail.
Food on voyages of exploration was not always good. William describes how hungry he could get in his extract.
This drawing is a rare view of the deck of a sailing warship at sea.
A portrait of Captain Cook, painted after his second Pacific voyage.