M037 Captain Cook NZ 1769 sm_636563703492374492

New Zealand 1769

Captain Cook’s map of New Zealand, from his first voyage, during which he claimed the islands for Britain.

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Map of New Zealand, drawn by Captain James Cook on his First Voyage (1768-71)

This was aboard the HMS Endeavour, a converted collier. Although the first European sighting was by Abel Tasman in 1642, in March 1770 Cook went ashore and formally proclaimed British sovereignty over New Zealand. His first contact with the inhabitants was an unfortunate skirmish, which resulted in the deaths of several Maori. Full sovereignty over the country was not declared until the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, and status as a colony was granted in 1841 (prior to that date it was part of the colony of New South Wales).

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