Kōrero: European discovery of New Zealand

Extract from James Cook’s instructions (2 o 2)

Extract from James Cook’s instructions

This extract from the Admiralty instructions to Cook make clear that he was expected to make close scientific examination of the new lands with the aim of finding valuable products of the soil.

The text reads: ‘You are also carefully to observe the Nature of the Soil, and the Products thereof; the Beasts and Fowls that inhabit or frequent it, the Fishes that are to be found in the Rivers or upon the Coast and in what Plenty and in Case you find any Mines, Minerals, or valuable Stones you are to bring home Specimens of each, as also such Specimens of the Seeds of the Trees, Fruits and Grains as you may be able to’.

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Reference: NLA MS 2

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John Wilson, 'European discovery of New Zealand - James Cook', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/mi/document/3558/extract-from-james-cooks-instructions (accessed 23 September 2023)

He kōrero nā John Wilson, i tāngia i te 8 Feb 2005, updated 1 May 2016