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was Outou, and who, as before has been ob.. served, was a minor. Whappai, Oamo, and Tootahah, were brothers : Whappai was the eldeít, and Oamo the second ; fo that, Whappai having no child but Outou, Terridiri, the fon of his next brother Oamo, was heir to the fovereignty. It will, perhaps, seem strange that a boy should be sovereign during the life of his father ; but, according to the custom of the country, a child succeeds to a father's title and authority as soon as it is born: a regent is then elected, and the father of the new sovereign is generally continued in his authority, under that title, till his child is of age; but, at this time, the choice had fallen upon Tootahah, the uncle, in consequence of his having distinguished him. self in a war. Oamo asked many questions con. cerning England and its inhabitants, by which he appeared to have great shrewdness and understanding:

CHAR, CH A P. XV.

An Account of the Circumnavigation of the

Island, and various Incidents that happened during the Expedition ; with a Description of a Burying-place and Place of Worship, called a Morai.

O n Monday the 26th, about three o'clock 1769.

juné. in the morning, I set out in the pinnace, un accompanied by Mr. Banks, to make the circuit Monday 26. of the island, with a view to sketch out the coast and harbours, We took our route to the eastward, and about eight in the forenoon we went on shore, in a district called OAHOUNUE, which is governed by Anio, a young Chief, whom we had often seen at the tents, and who favoured us with his company to breakfast. Here also we found two other natives of our old acquaintance, TITUBOALO and Hoona, who carried us to their houses, near which we saw the body of the old woman, at whose funeral rites Mr. Banks had aflisted, and which had been removed hither from the spot where it was first deposited, this place having descended from her by inheritance to Hoona, and it being necessary on that ac

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1769. count that it should lie here. We then proceedJune.

ed on foot, the boat attending within call, to Monday 26.

the harbour in which Mr. Bougainville lay, called OHIDEA, where the natives fhewed us the ground upon which his people pitched their tent, and the brook at which they watered, though no trace of them remained, except the holes where the poles of the tent had been fixed, and a small piece of potsheard, which Mr. Banks found in looking narrowly about the spot. We met, however, with OREȚTE, a Chief who was their principal friend, and whose brother OuTORROU went away with them.

This harbour lies on the west side of a great bay, under shelter of a small island called Boou. ROU, near which is another called TAAWIRRII; the breach in the reefs is here very large, but the shelter for the ships is not the best.

Soon after we had examined this place, we took boat, and asked Tituboalo to go with us to the other side of the bay ; but he refused, and advised us not to go, for he faid the country there was inhabited by people who were not sub. ject to Tootahaḥ, and who would kill both him and ys. Upon receiving this intelligence, we did not, as may be imagined, relinquish our çnterprise ; but we immediately loaded our

pieces with ball; this was fo well understood by · Tituboalo as a precaution which rendered us

formidable,

formidable, that he now consented to be of our 1769.

June. party.

Having rowed till it was dark, we reached a Monday 28. low neck of land, or ifthmus, at the bottom of the bay, that divides the island into two penin. fulas, each of which is a district or governmenc wholly independent of the other. From Port-Royal, where the ship was at anchor, the coast trends E. by S. and E. S. E. ten miles, then S. by E. and S. eleven miles to the isthmus. In the first direction, the shore is in general open to the sea ; but in the last it is covered by reefs of rocks, which form several good harbours, with safe anchorage, in 16, 18, 20, and 24 fa. thom of water, with other conveniences. As we had not yet got into our enemy's country, we determined to sleep on shore: we landed, and though we found but few houses, we saw several double canoes, whose owners were well known to us, and who provided us with supper and lodging; of which Mr. Banks was indebted for his Ihare to Ooratooa, the lady who had paid him her compliments in so fingular a manner aç the fort.

In the morning, we looked about the country, Tuesday 9% and found it to be a marshy flat, about two miles over, across which the natives haul their canoes to the corresponding bay on the other fide. We then prepared to continue our route for what Ticuboalo called the other kingdom ;

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he said that the name of it was TIARRABOU, or OTAHEITE Ete; and that of the Chief who governed it, WAHEATUA: upon this occasion also, we learnt that the name of the peninsula where we had taken our station was OPOUR EONU, or OTAHEITE Nue. Our new associate seemed to be now in better spirits than he had been the day before; the people in Tiarrabou would not kill us, he said, but he assured us that we should be able to procure no victuals among them; and indeed we had seen no bread-fruit since we set out.

After rowing a few miles, we landed in a district, which was the dominion of a Chief called MARAITATA, the burying-place of men, whose father's name was PAHAIREDO, the stealer of boats. Though these names seemed to favour the account that had been given by Tituboalo, we soon found that it was not true. Both the father and the son received us with the greatest civility, gave us provisions, and, after some delay, fold us a very large hog for a hatchet. A crowd soon gathered round us, but we saw only two people that we knew; neither did we observe a single bead or ornament among them that had come from our ship, though we saw several things which had been brought from Europe. In one of the houses lay two twelvepound shot, one of which was marked with the broad arrow of England, though the people said

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