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Account of the death of James Cook, 1779 [manuscript]
Bib ID 2643069
Format ManuscriptManuscript
Access Conditions Available for research. Not for loan. 
Description 1779 
1 v. 
Summary

MS account of the death of Cook, 9-20 July 1779, by an eye witness (1 v.).

Biography/History

James Cook (1729-1779) was a noted explorer, navigator and hydrographer. In 1769 he reached New Zealand and charted its coastline. Cook sailed further west and the coast of New South Wales was sighted in April 1770. Sailing north he charted 5000 miles of the eastern coastline with great accuracy. Cook landed at Botany Bay and collected many botanical and biological specimens for later study. He took formal possession of New Zealand and New South Wales for England. Cook's second expedition sailed far south and thus confirmed that a great southern continent did not exist. On his third voyage to explore the Pacific coasts of North America and Siberia, Cook visited the Sandwich Islands (Hawaii) but was killed here in 1779. Cook was also known for successfully dealing with scurvy amongst his crew, a common disease at that time.

Notes

Manuscript reference no.: MS 8.

Cited In

Guide to collections of manuscripts relating to Australia ; A629.

Subjects Cook, James, - 1728-1779 - Death and burial.
Time Coverage 1779-1779 
Occupation Explorers.

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