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Journal of the H.M.S. Endeavour, 1768-1771 [microform]
Bib ID 2089864
Format MicroformMicroform, ManuscriptManuscript
Author
Cook, James, 1728-1779
 
Access Conditions Available for research. Not for loan. 
Description London : British Museum Photographic Service, [19--] 
1 microfilm reel : negative ; 35 mm. 
Summary

Holograph journal of the voyage of H.M.S. "Endeavour" during which Cook discovered Eastern Australia and circumnavigated New Zealand. Included is a copy of a report from John Hutchinson, surgeon of the "Dolphin" to Captain Samuel Wallis, 10 May, 1768, on the effects of various food stuffs on scurvy.

Biography/History

James Cook was born in 1728 in Yorkshire. Apprenticed to a coal shipper in Whitby he began to learn the skills of sound navigation and accurate charting. In 1755 he joined the Royal Navy and steadily advanced. In North America he took part in the siege of Quebec City, and began coastal surveys of Nova Scotia and Newfoundland. In 1768 Cook was promoted to become commander of Endeavour Bark sent to Tahiti to observe the transit of Venus. The Admiralty in 'secret instructions' asked Cook to find the mythical southern continent. In 1769 Cook circumnavigated New Zealand, charted its coast and took formal possession for England. On 19 April 1770 Cook sighted another coastline. Sailing north Cook landed at Botany Bay. And charted 5000 miles of coastline with great accuracy. Cook took formal possession of New South Wales for England. In 1772 Cook led a second expedition to confirm the great south land. In 1777, Cook's third voyage explored the Pacific coasts of North America and Siberia. Cook was killed on 14 February 1779 in the Sandwich Islands (Hawaii).

Notes

Microfilm copy of original held by National Library of Australia at MS 1.

Subjects Cook, James, - 1728-1779 - Diaries.  |  Endeavour (Ship)  |  Scurvy - Early works to 1800.  |  Voyages around the world.  |  Explorers - Great Britain - Diaries.  |  Australia - Discovery and exploration.  |  New Zealand - Discovery and exploration.
Time Coverage 1768-1771 
Occupation Explorers.
Other authors/contributors Hutchinson, John  |  Wallis, Samuel, 1728-1795

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