116. Murderer’s Bay

Greetings or declaration of war? When Abel Tasman dropped anchor in a bay in New Zealand on 18 December 1642, he thought he was greeted with a fanfare by the Maoris. He responded to this sign of welcome with his own bugle signals. That was the wrong interpretation, as the next day showed. The Maoris attacked the small boat in which some of the crew went to put their feet on dry land. Four sailors and a Maori were killed. In the logbook, the bay was given the name of Murderer’s Bay. Today it is called Golden Bay on the north coast of New Zealand’s South Island.

Drawing of Murderer’s Bay
1642
Collectie Aanwinsten Eerste Afdeling Algemeen Rijksarchief, inv. no. 320