A Positive Account of Balade, New Caledonia, 1774
On Sunday, September 4, 1774, a ship captained by Englishman James Cook entered the harbor at Balade on the northeastern coast of New Caledonia. This marked Cook's second Pacific expedition. In the course of this voyage Cook constantly rewrote and revised his journal. He seemed to have had no concerns about the effect of hindsight on his text, which was therefore a mixture of firsthand impressions and careful revisions. The shipboard journal was written with publication in mind, which explains the assiduous revision. This chapter presents extracts from Captain Cook's Voyages 1768–1779, specifically accounts of his arrival at Balade; an incident involving two pigs; the Kanak people's tools and weapons; and the modesty of women.
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