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1728, Nov 71755-17791779, Feb 14
a British explorer, navigator, cartographer, and 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 recorded European contact with the eastern coastline of Australia and the Hawaiian Islands, and the first recorded circumnavigation of New Zealand. Explored Australasia and Oceania.
 Timeline (27)
12/21/1762-James Cook marries Elizabeth Batts
08/25/1768-Captain James Cook departs from Plymouth with Endeavour to Pacific Ocean 
04/19/1770-Captain James Cook first sees Australia
04/20/1770-Captain James Cook arrives in New South Wales
04/29/1770-Captain James Cook in the Endeavor lands at Botany Bay, Australia
06/11/1770-Captain James Cook runs aground on the Great Barrier Reef off Australia
07/12/1771-James Cook sails Endeavour back to Downs, England 
07/13/1772-Captain James Cook begins second trip with Resolution to South Seas
10/30/1772-Captain James Cook arrives with ship Resolution in Capetown 
01/17/1773-Captain James Cook becomes first to cross Antarctic Circle (66 degrees 33' S) 
01/30/1774-Captain James Cook reaches 71 degrees 10' S, 1820 km from South pole (record) 
07/17/1774-Captain James Cook arrives at New Hebrides (Vanuata) 
07/30/1775-Captain James Cook with Resolution returns to England after second voyage
07/12/1776-Captain James Cook departs with Resolution for third trip to Pacific Ocean 
11/30/1776-Captain James Cook begins third and last trip to Pacific (South Sea) 
12/08/1777-Captain James Cook leaves Society Islands 
01/18/1778-Captain James Cook makes landfall in Waimea Bay on Kaua'i, becoming the first European to set foot in the Sandwich (Hawaiian) Islands
03/07/1778-Captain James Cook first sights Oregon coast, at Yaquina Bay 
03/15/1778-Captain James Cook reaches the west coast of Vancouver Island on the way to search for a North West Passage
03/22/1778-Captain James Cook sights Cape Flattery, in Washington state
03/29/1778-Nootka Sound, Vancouver, is discovered by Captain James Cook
08/09/1778-Captain James Cook reaches Cape Prince of Wales, Bering straits 
10/03/1778-Captain James Cook anchors at Alaska 
11/26/1778-Captain James Cook discovers Maui in the Sandwich Islands, now Hawaii 
01/17/1779-Captain James Cook's last notation in Discovery's log [apparently wrong date...s/b jun? -ed] 
02/14/1779-Captain James Cook is is murdered by natives in Hawaii
08/22/1780-Resolution, without Captain James Cook, returns to England 
 Mentions (7)
Joseph Banks
...Newfoundland and Labrador. He took part in Captain James Cook's first great voyage (1768–1771), visiting Brazil,...
Louis Antoine de Bougainville
...and explorer. A contemporary of the British explorer James Cook, he took part in the Seven Years' War in North...
Jose de Bustamante y Guerra
...scientific expedition modeled after the voyages of James Cook. From 1789 to 1794 Bustamante and Malaspina sailed...
Tobias Furneaux
...navigator and Royal Navy officer, who accompanied James Cook on his second voyage of exploration. He was the first...
Charles Green
...expedition to observe the transit of Venus aboard James Cook's Endeavour. Cook noted in his log that the times...
Kamakahelei
...sovereign of the Island of Kauai at the time Captain James Cook landed on its shores. The Chiefess Kamakahelei...
John Ledyard
...and adventurer. In June 1776, Ledyard joined Captain James Cook's third and final voyage as a British marine. Explored...
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17891789, Jan 10
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Nicolas Baudin1754, Feb 171769
 
18031803, Sep 16
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Francisco de Eliza17591773
 
18091825, Feb 19
 a Spanish naval officer, navigator, and explorer. He is remembered mainly for his work in the Pac...
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18111811, Aug 31
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Joseph Banks1743, Feb 131766
 
18201820, Jun 19
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