1769: CANOE SURFING IN TAHITI, BY JOSEPH BANKS. “THEY WERE DRIVEN TOWARD SHORE WITH INCREDIBLE RAPIDITY”

Joseph Banks was a botanist on Captain James Cook’s first voyage to the Pacific Ocean. As the scene opens, Banks and Cook and other crew members are on their way back from an unsuccessful meeting with a local chief about replenishing food stocks, as well as returning items that had been stolen from the visitors…