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The Passage from Rio de Janeiro to the Entrance of the

Streight of Le Maire, with a Defcription of some of the inhabitants of Terra del Fuego.

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An Account of what happened in ascending a Mountain to search for Plants.

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The Passage through the Streight of Le Maire, and a fur

ther Description of the Inbabitants of Terra del Fuego, and its Productions.

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A general Description of the S. E. part of Terra del

Fuega, and the Streight of Le Maire ; with some
Remarks on Lord Anfor's Account of them, and Di-
rections for the Passage westward, round this part of
America, into the

South Seas.

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The Sequel of the Palage from Cape Horn to the newly

discovered Islands in the South Seas; with a Description of their Figure and Appearance, fome Account of the inhabitants, and several Incidents that happened during the Course, and at the Ship’s Arrival among them.

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The Arrival of the Endeavour at Otaheite, called by

Captain Wallis King George the IIld's Island. Rules established for Traffic with the Natives, and an Account of several Incidents which happened in a Visit to Tootahab and Tubourai Tamaide, two Chiefs. 430

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A Place fixed upon

for an Observatory and Fort : an Excursion into the Woods; and its Consequences. The Fort erected : a Visit from several Chiefs on board and at the Fort, with some Account of the Music of the Natives, and the Manner in which they dispose of their Dead.

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An Excursion to the Eastward, an Account of several In

cidents that happened both on board and on shore, and of the first Interview with Oberea, the Person who, when the Dolphin was here, was supposed to be the Queen of the Island, with a Description of the Fort. 445

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The Observatory set up; the Quadrant stolen, and Con

sequences of the Theft : AVisit to Tootabah : Defcription of a Wrestling-match : European eeds fown : Names given to our People by the Indians. 455

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Some Ladies visit the Fort with very uncommon Ceremo

nies. The Indians attend Divine Service, and in the Evening exhibit a most extraordinary Spectacle. Tubourai Tamaide falls into Temptation.

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Another Visit to Tootahah, with various Adventures :

Extraordinary Amusement of the Indians ; with Remarks upon it. Preparations to observe the Transit of Venus, and what happened in the mean time at the Fort.

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G E N E

GENERAL INTRODUCTION.

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IS Majesty, soon after his accesfion to the

crown, formed a design of sending out vessels for making discoveries of countries hitherto unknown ; and in the year 1764, the kingdom being then in a state of profound peace, he proceeded to put it into execution. The Dolphin and the Tamar were dispatched under the command of Commodore Byron; and the best account of his Majesty's motives and design that can be given, will be found in the following preamble to Conimodore Byron's instructions, which are dated the 17th of June in that year. Whereas nothing can redound more

to the “ honour of this nation, as a maritime power, to the “ dignity of the Crown of Great Britain, and to the “ advancement of the trade and navigation thereof, « than to make discoveries of countries hitherto un“ known; and whereas there is reason to believe that “ lands and islands of great extent, hitherto unvisited by

any European power, may be found in the Atlantic “ Ocean, between the Cape of Good Hope and the “ Magellanic Streight, within the latitudes convenient “ for navigation, and in climates adapted to the pro“ duce of commodities useful in commerce ; and

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