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Cook, James

Born: 1728 AD
Died: 1779 AD
Nationality: British
Categories: Cartographer, Explorer

1728 – He was born this year.

 

1745 – He left home to be apprenticed in a grocery/haberdashery in the fishing village of Staithes.

 

1755 – He was offered command of this vessel, but within the month, he volunteered for service in the British Royal Navy.

 

1757 – He was quickly promoted to Master’s Mate.

 

1759 – He participated in the siege of Quebec City before the Battle of the Plains of Abraham.

 

1760 – His surveying skills were put to good use.

 

1766 – The Royal Society hired him to travel to the Pacific Ocean to observe and record the transit of Venus across the Sun.

 

1768 – He sailed from England this year.

 

1769 – He managed to reach New Zealand.

 

1773 – His expedition circumnavigated the globe at very high southern latitude, becoming one of the first to cross the Antarctic Circle.

 

1774 – He landed at the Friendly Islands, Easter Island, Norfolk Island, New Caledonia and Vanuatu

 

1778 – His statue stands in Waimea, Kauai commemorating his first contact with the Hawaiian Islands at the town’s harbour.

 

1779 – He died this year in Hawaii in a fracas with Hawaiians during his third exploratory voyage in the Pacific.