Cook, James, 1728-1779

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Dates:
Birth 1728-11-07
Death 1779-02-14
Britons
English

Biographical notes:

James Cook (b. November 7, 1728, Marton, Great Britan-d. February 14, 1779, Hawaii) was a British explorer, navigator, cartographer, and captain in the Royal Navy. He became an apprentice to some shipowners in Whitby. In 1759 he became master of his own ship, the Northumberland. The following winter, while laid up in Halifax, he studied mathematics and attained a sound knowledge of astronomical navigation. Cook went on to become an eminent circumnavigator. He made many geographical discoveries, including establishing knowledge of the Southern Pacific. He also managed to keep a crew at sea without serious losses from sickness and death, which was unusual at that time. Cook was killed by natives of Hawaii, in 1779.

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  • Ship's papers--18th century
  • Manuscript maps--Facsimiles
  • Explorers--Diaries
  • Logbooks
  • Voyages around the world
  • Explorers
  • Salt
  • Marine biology
  • Marriage records
  • Scientific expeditions
  • Horticulture
  • Botany
  • Astronomy
  • Voyages and travels
  • Explorers--Biography
  • Butter
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  • Explorers--Correspondence
  • Hospitals--history
  • Scurvy
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Occupations:

  • Explorers
  • Naval officers
  • Sailors
  • Ship captains
  • Naval officers, British

Places:

  • United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, 00, GB
  • NorthWest Passage, 09, PW
  • Quebec, MT, US
  • Alaska, AK, US
  • Yorkshire, ENG, GB
  • Newfoundland, 02, SH
  • Hawaii, HI, US
  • Australia, 03, CU
  • Pacific Ocean, 00,