Detail from an engraving of Matavai Bay in Tahiti, showing James Cook’s ship Endeavour at anchor off Fort Venus, where his observations of the transit were made in 1769. From John Hawkesworth, An Account of the Voyages undertaken by the Order of His Present Majesty. For making Discoveries in the Southern Hemisphere. And successively performed by Commodore Byron, Captain Wallis, Captain Carteret, and Captain Cook, in the Dolphin, the Swallow, and the Endeavour: drawn up from the Journals which were kept by the several Commanders and from the Papers of Sir Joseph Banks, Bart. 4th ed., 4 vols (Perth, 1789), frontispiece to vol. II.