An Inland View at Waimea, Atooi


Captain Cook's ships arrived at the Hawai‘ian islands in January 1778, and are believed to have been the first from Europe to visit. John Webber’s painting depicts Waimea Bay, Kauai, where the first landing was made.

The British traded nails and pieces of iron for food. In the foreground sailors are rolling barrels of water and two Hawai‘ian men carry a pig on a pole. One man wears a cloak of red and yellow feathers, denoting his high status.

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John Webber: Drawings taken during the voyage of Captain James Cook 1777-1779. Volume 1
John Webber
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