Launch of Captain Wilson's Boat, on the Pelew Island.
Engraving, sheet 100 x 155mm. 4 x 6". Trimmed within plate and glued to scrap sheet.
The first important contact between Europeans and the South Pacific island nation of Palau (modern Micronesia) occurred when the British East India Company ship 'Antelope', commanded by Captain Henry Wilson, ran aground near Koror. Wilson brought Prince Lee Boo (c.1764 - 1784) with him back to England in 1783. Probably a plate to 'An Account of the Pelew Islands ... composed from the Journals and Communications of Captain H. Wilson, and some of his Officers, who in August 1783 were there shipwrecked in the Antelope...' by George Keate.
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