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Omai (c. 1753–c. 1780) by Sir Joshua Reynolds, c. 1776 © reserved


Omai (c. 1753–c. 1780), first Tahitian to visit England, was taken to England in July 1774 by Captain Furneaux, commander of the Adventure (sister ship of Cook's Resolution), and returned by Cook in November 1777, having left England the previous July. He appears to have been born about 1753 on the island of ...