Captain James Cook, British explorer

Captain James Cook, British explorer

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Caption: James Cook. Historical portrait of the British explorer Captain James Cook (1728-1779). After joining the Royal Navy, Cook undertook his first major voyage from 1768-71, accurately mapping New Zealand's coastline and, in 1770, making the first European landing in east Australia. During 1772- 75 he searched for the legendary southern continent, crossing the Antarctic Circle for the first time. Further travel south was halted by sea ice. In his third voyage from 1776-79, more sea ice would prevent him from finding the Northwest passage around Canada. He was eventually killed in a dispute with a group of Hawaiian islanders. Taken from a book of 1849.

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