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William Gooch drew this picture of the Daedalus, which was a supply ship. That means its hold was full of food, clothes and other supplies which it was taking out to its destination.
William describes the different ways that Marquesans cut their hair. He also describes their tattoos and beards.
In this extract, William describes the Marquesans’ attempts to help him walk on shore. They insisted that he put his arms over their shoulders and even offered to carry him some of the way!
Banks was a naturalist who travelled the world studying plants, animals and people of places like Tahiti and Australia.
This map was made by an astronomer called William Wales who sailed with Captain Cook on his second Pacific voyage, 1772–75. It shows Porto Praya Bay in the island of St. Jago (now Praia on Santiago, Cape Verde islands).
William describes how the sailors were greeted at the Marquesas islands. The Marquesan islanders sang a song for them and were very noisy. He goes on to describe what they did with presents given to them by the crew.
Omai was from the Society Islands and sailed from Tahiti – the largest island in the eastern part of the group – to Britain on HMS Adventure in 1773.
This is a painting of Resolution Bay in the Marquesas islands.
William Gooch wrote this letter to his parents in 1791. He was going to sail to the north-west coast of America. The journey would take around a year but in this extract he describes how he became very seasick before the ship had even left Britain.
William describes two examples of the Marquesan islanders stealing things from the Daedalus. He explains that in order to get back their belongings, the crew threatened the Marquesans with a gun.