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Captain James Cook

Person  Male  Born 7/11/1728  Died 14/2/1779

Maritime explorer and cartographer. Born near Middlesbrough. The first to map Newfoundland, explored around Australia and the Hawaiian Islands and made the first circumnavigation of New Zealand.

Killed in Kealakekua Bay by Hawaiian villagers during a fracas concerning the theft of one of Cook's small boats. Cook was held in high esteem by the chiefs so his body was given the same funeral rites that one of their elders would have received. It was disembowelled, baked and the bones cleaned. Following appeals from his comrades the remains were eventually returned for burial at sea.

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Barking Abbey

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Captain Cook - E1

{Left-most panel:} He surveyed the St Lawrence River in 1759. In three voyag...

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Captain Cook - E1 - lost plaque

This terracotta-coloured plaque is supposedly now in Australia with one of th...

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Captain Cook - The Highway

Captain James Cook, "The ablest and most renowned navigator this or any count...

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Captain James Cook statue

The original inscription stopped after "New Zealand." In 1928 the British Em...

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