A Draught of the South Land: Mapping New Zealand from Tasman to Cook

By Paul Moon

The first complete account of the various attempts to map New Zealand prior to 1773, spanning continents, peoples, empires and professions.

ISBN: 9780718897215


The story of how the map of New Zealand emerged is a fascinating one. The first full map of the continent was published in London in 1773, which might seem the natural starting point, but over the preceding 150 years, fragments of charts and intelligence about New Zealand ricocheted around various parts of the world. In A Draught of the South Land, Paul Moon provides the first comprehensive account of this piecemeal process.

Moon’s investigation covers several continents over more than a century, and reveals the personalities, blunders, strategic miscalculations, scientific brilliance, and imperial power-plays that were involved. Above all, he examines the roles played by explorers and traders, Māori and European rulers, scientific societies and military groups, as well as specialist cartographers and publishers. At a time when maps as colonial tools, enablers of trade and objects of curiosity are being studied anew, his careful analysis and engaging narrative will be of interest to scholars everywhere.

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About the Author

Paul Moon, ONZM, is Professor of History at Auckland University of Technology, and his research focuses on nineteenth-century New Zealand and the philosophies of colonisation. He has doctorates in literature and philosophy, and is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society at University College, London. He was a finalist in the 2014 Ernest Scott Prize in History for his book Encounters: The Creation of New Zealand, and a finalist in the 2022 History Reclaimed International History Prize for his book Colonising New Zealand: A Reappraisal.