Tahitian war canoes


William Hodges made these drawings of Tahitian war canoes during James Cook's second voyage. One shows a fleet drawn up on shore at Pare, home of Tahitian chief Tu.

Although ostensibly preparing for an expedition against the neighbouring island of Mo‘orea, the display was probably also intended to impress the British, and to help to form an alliance.

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A COLLECTION Of large Drawings in Indian ink, made by Wm. Hodges, during the second voyage of Capt. Cook, in 1772-1774, viz., Fayal; -Tonga Tabu or New Amsterdam;-Mallicolo;-Resolution Harbour, in St. Christina, one of the Marquesas;-Savage Island;- Sandwich Island;-Alietea;-War Canoes of Otaheite ;-Otaheite; New Caledonia
1774, Tahiti
William Hodges
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Add MS 15743 f.8

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