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The Explorations of Captain James Cook in the Pacific: As Told by Selections of His Own Journals 1768-1799

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"No man ever did more to alter and correct the map of the earth," writes Percy Adams in his new introduction, than James Cook, the Scotch-born British naval commander who rose from humble beginnings to pilot three great 18th-century voyages of discovery in the then practically uncharted Pacific. His explorations of the eastern coastline of Australia, leading to its eventual British colonization; his thorough charting of New Zealand; discovery of the Hawaiian Islands; and his investigation of both the mythical "Terra Incognita" in the southern ocean and the equally mythical Northwest Passage, as well as his contributions to cartography and to the cure and prevention of sea disease were all of immense scientific and political significance. Though lacking in formal education, Cook was a man of great intelligence and unbounded curiosity, and his journals reflect a wide-ranging interest in everything from island customs to specific problems of navigation, charting, command, and diplomacy.
This reprinting of selections from Cook's journals abounds in descriptions of newly discovered plant species, particulars of coastline and land features, details of navigation, and impressions of the various Pacific peoples he encountered. Cook was a many-faceted genius, able at once to grasp the complexities of mathematics necessary for navigation and mapping and the subtle intricacies of politics and negotiation. He often recorded his keen judgments of both subordinates and native chieftains and priests in a way that displays his own great pains to insure proper diet and conditions of cleanliness, and carefully described these measures in his journal. His tragic death at the hands of Hawaiian islanders is fully rendered from eyewitness accounts, and implications of his discoveries to the expansion of scientific knowledge are clearly presented by the editor.

Synopsis:

Lively narrative of high adventure and discovery by great 18th-century British mariner.

Synopsis:

Cook's three great voyages into the uncharted Pacific, told in his own words. Travel classic recounts exploration of the eastern coastline of Australia, mapping of New Zealand, discovery of Hawaiian Islands, and much more.

Table of Contents

INTRODUCTORY

  Chapter I OCEAN PROBLEMS OF THE 18TH CENTURY

  Chapter II COOK'S EARLY LIFE AND CAREER

"THE FIRST VOYAGE, 1786-1771"

  Chapter III PREPARATIONS AND INSTRUCTIONS

  "Chapter IV TAHITI, 1769"

  "Chapter V NEW ZEALAND, 1769-70"

  "Chapter VI EASTERN AUSTRALIA, 1770"

  Chapter VII THE VOYAGE CONCLUDED

"THE SECOND VOYAGE, 1772-1775"

  Chapter VIII SEEKING THE SOUTHERN CONTINENT

  "Chapter IX THE ANTARCTIC, 1772-3"

  "Chapter X SEARCHING THE PACIFIC, 1773"

  "Chapter XI THE ANTARCTIC, 1773-4"

  "Chapter XII SEARCHING THE PACIFIC, 1774"

  "Chapter XIII THE ANTARCTIC AND HOME, 1774-5"

  Chapter XIV COOK HONOURED IN ENGLAND

"THE THIRD VOYAGE, 1776-1780"

  Chapter XV PREPARATIONS AND INSTRUCTIONS

  Chapter XVI THE CENTRAL PACIFIC

  "Chapter XVII THE DISCOVERY OF HAWAII, 1778"

  "Chapter XVIII THE NORTH AMERICAN COAST, 1779"

  "Chapter XIX THE DEATH OF JAMES COOK, 1780"

CONCLUSION

  Chapter XX THE MAN AND HIS ACHIEVEMENTS

Product Details

ISBN:
9780486227665
Editor:
Price, A. Grenfell
Designed:
Adams, Percy G.
Editor:
Price, Grenfell
Designed:
Adams, Percy G.
Author:
Cook, Capt. James
Author:
Price, Grenfell
Author:
Cook, James
Author:
Price, A. Grenfell
Publisher:
Dover Publications
Location:
New York
Subject:
General
Subject:
Adventure
Subject:
Australia & Oceania
Subject:
Oceania
Subject:
Essays & Travelogues
Subject:
Voyages around the world
Subject:
Ships & Shipbuilding - History
Subject:
Adventure and exploration
Subject:
Oceania Discovery and exploration.
Subject:
Oceania CONTRIBUTION: Price, A. Grenfell = ed.
Subject:
Special Interest - Adventure
Subject:
Cook, James
Subject:
Outdoors-Lore and Survival
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Series Volume:
no. 8
Publication Date:
19710631
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
320
Dimensions:
9.38 x 6.63 in 1.04 lb

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Cook's three great voyages into the uncharted Pacific, told in his own words. Travel classic recounts exploration of the eastern coastline of Australia, mapping of New Zealand, discovery of Hawaiian Islands, and much more.
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