Tasman and me

One day in Noumea, New Caledonia, as I was delivering a small conference on the History of the South Pacific to members of the English Club, someone in the audience raised a hand and said : "So, you're saying James Cook discovered New Zealand, are you?"... I coughed and corrected myself by saying that Tasman, as every one knows, was the first one to have seen and told of the existence of a land where New Zealand lies.

I never forgave myself for this faux-pas.



Many years later I went to sea on the South Pacific. As a fan of Captain Cook I wanted to sail on his tracks. Sailing as crew on various yachts I crisscrossed from New Caledonia to Australia, then from the Touamotus in the Eastern Pacific back to New Caledonia. I also sailed twice from New Caledonia to New Zealand. That's where Tasman met me...
 
In New Zealand you can't walk a mile without meeting Abel Tasman: a natural park, a taxi business, a private school, a sailing club. See 'tasman' in a google research. That is also the name given to the bit of Pacific Ocean between New Zealand and Australia, the Tasman Sea...
In 2004 in France, I came across his sailing log by chance on the net. Yes, on the net. A New Zealander called Brian Hooker had done a translantion into modern English from the old Dutch original. And another New Zealander living in Paris had put it on line on her website regarding all aspects of New Zealand History.

So, I felt the urge to translate it into French...
This website is the follow-up of my work in an attempt to raise awareness and sympathy for this valiant guy.