The Demise of Captain James Cook

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He sailed the world in the name of exploration for the British Empire but met a grisly demise on the shores of Hawaii

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Captain James Cook (1728-1779) of the Royal Navy was a British explorer, navigator and cartographer. He joined the navy in 1755 and served in the Seven Years War  (1754-1763, it was called that as the main fighting during the war occurred from 1756 onwards) that was fought out between the main European powers in their quest for colonial dominance (especially Britain, France and Spain). During his service fighting the French in what is now Canada he started to map a section of the St. Lawrence River during the siege of Quebec . Cook went on to map the coast lines of   Nova Scotia and Newfoundland . His eye for detail caught the attention of the powers to be and set in motion a career as a great explorer.

Captain James Cook circa 1775 (portrait by Nathaniel Dance-Holland) Captain James Cook circa 1775 (portrait by Nathaniel Dance-Holland)

In 1769 James Cook was in command of HMS Endeavour and set off on a…

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