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Pages: 56. Chapters: James Cook, Alexander Mackenzie, Alessandro
Malaspina, Jose Maria Narvaez, James Colnett, Dionisio Alcala
Galiano, Juan Francisco de la Bodega y Quadra, Manuel Quimper, John
Henry Cox, Juan Carrasco, George Dixon, Claude Charles Du Tisne,
Alexandre Rodrigues Ferreira, Salvador Fidalgo, Bruno de Heceta,
Cayetano Valdes y Flores, Charles William Barkley, Ignacio de
Arteaga y Bazan, Esteban Jose Martinez Fernandez y Martinez de la
Sierra, Juan Jose Perez Hernandez, Jacinto Caamano, Evstratii
Delarov, Jakob Roggeveen, Daniel Gottlieb Messerschmidt, Juan
Crespi, Juan de Ayala, Jose Cardero, Francisco Antonio Mourelle,
Domingo de Bonechea, Gonzalo Lopez de Haro, Christopher Dufrost de
La Jemeraye, Franz de Paula Adam von Waldstein, Jose Joaquin
Moraga, Jean-Michel Huon de Kermadec, Ange Auguste Joseph de
Laborde de Boutervilliers, John Bean, Francisco de Lacerda.
Excerpt: Captain James Cook FRS RN (7 November 1728 - 14 February
1779) was a British explorer, navigator and cartographer,
ultimately rising to the rank of Captain in the Royal Navy. Cook
made detailed maps of Newfoundland prior to making three voyages to
the Pacific Ocean during which he achieved the first European
contact with the eastern coastline of Australia and the Hawaiian
Islands as well as the first recorded circumnavigation of New
Zealand. Cook joined the British merchant navy as a teenager and
joined the Royal Navy in 1755. He saw action in the Seven Years'
War, and subsequently surveyed and mapped much of the entrance to
the Saint Lawrence River during the siege of Quebec. This helped
bring Cook to the attention of the Admiralty and Royal Society.
This notice came at a crucial moment both in his personal career
and in the direction of British overseas exploration, and led to
his commission in 1766 as commander of HM Bark Endeavour for the
first of th...
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