This engraving by R. B. Godfrey from a drawing by Sydney Parkinson, the artist on James Cook's first voyage to New Zealand, depicts Māori in an intricately carved war canoe. Although Cook recognised that Māori had a highly developed warrior tradition, he was impressed by their skills in agriculture, fishing and carving. He also found them generally hospitable to newcomers.
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Hand-coloured engraving by Sydney Parkinson
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