Rarotonga was, in fact, discovered by the ship Seringapatam in 1814, though Williams may have been the first to land.
The saga is told at Rarotonga of a girl of dazzling white complexion who came up out of a fountain and was caught.
The latter probably came from some of the islands between Samoa and Tahiti, probably mainly from Rarotonga.
The two principal islands are Rarotonga and Mangaia, the most southerly of the group.
Cook had probably brought it from Rarotonga, or from Tahiti.
The missionary John Williams, who discovered Rarotonga in 1823, found the island in a high state of cultivation.
She was built in Rarotonga, for the most part by natives who had never handled tools before.
In Rarotonga bread-fruit and plantains are the staple food; in Mangaia it is taro.
In Rarotonga the cuttle-fish was the special deity of the reigning family down to the subversion of paganism.
Thus in Rarotonga the great meeting-place of the ghosts was at Tuoro, facing the sunset.