Captain Cook at Tanna, 1774

This shows Captain Cook landing on the New Hebrides island of Tanna in 1774. The islands were apearing to prevent the landing, so Cook ordered a volley to be fired over their heads. This cowered some, but not all. He therefore asked for a full volley from Endeavour to fire. This allowed him to get ashore without bloodshed.

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