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Passing Poverty Bay, he found anchorage in Tologa Bay. The Maoris here were friendlier, and the Endeavour was able to take on food and water. Still, even though some trading took place between the sailors and the Maoris, there were some violent events, such as when John Gore shot and killed a man who had traded his cloak only to snatch it back at the last minute and try to flee. Cook now set out for the northernmost portion of New Zealand, which Tasman had reached from the western side. In mid-October, the Endeavour rounded East Cape and in midDecember went around North Cape.

One of his sailors, Heinrich Zimmerman, gave this description, found on the Captain Cook Society Web site: Captain Cook was a tall, handsome, strong, but somewhat spare man.  .  . No officer ever presumed to contradict him. When at table with his officers he frequently sat without saying a word.  . He never mentioned religion, and would have no priests on his ships; and, although he seldom celebrated the Sabbath, he was a just and upright man in all his dealings. He never swore, not even when in a rage.

Cook had hoped that the expedition would sail in March 1772, but he didn’t reckon on Banks. Newspapers had been referring to “Mr. Banks’s voyage” for so long that the botanist had come to believe that he would be in virtual command with Cook as a sort of chauffeur. He began assembling his scientific team, choosing from among hundreds of applicants from all over Europe, and finally settled on 15 people, including not only scientists but personal servants and, for entertainment, two horn players.

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