The various encounters with the inhabitants of he South Land were each very different. While some exchanges were friendly, on one occasion things got way out of hand.
Tasman had been instructed to try to contact local governments and citizens in the areas he would discover, to establish peaceful commerce with the people living there, "and by shows of kindness gain them over to us”. The instructions further stated: "You'll have to make clear that you come to trade and show samples of the products that we gave you for this purpose"
But did he manage to do this?