In the early 1800s whale ships from Britain, the United States and a host of other nations crowded New Zealand waters, drawn by firewood, water, provisions and Māori prostitutes. American flags predominate in Louis Le Breton’s depiction of Kororāreka (modern-day Russell) in 1840.
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Auckland Art Gallery – Toi o Tāmaki
Hand-coloured lithograph after a drawing by Louis Le Breton, 1840
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