James Cook

James Cook

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  • James Cook was a British explorer, cartographer, and navigator in the mid 1700's 
  • Cook was sponsored by and was captain of the Royal Navy. He commanded a captured ship in the Seven Years War. (1756-63)
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  • On a voyage to explore new land, Cook discovered and charted New Zealand, Australia and The Great Barrier Reef in 1770.
  • Cook was also chosen to navigate and explore Antartica. in 1773.
  • In 1778, Cook was the first European to sucessfully explore and document the islands of Hawaii.
  • Because of his accurate mapping of the Pacific Ocean using the scientific method, James Cook is still seen as one of the most  important European explorers in history.
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