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

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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 eventua ...more
Paperback, 320 pages
Published June 1st 1971 by Dover Publications
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The most interesting thing about the journals of Captain Cook is the fine and sensitive human being they reveal him to be. He reflects, "From what I have said of the natives of New-Holland they may appear to some to be the most wretched people upon Earth, but in reality they are far more happier than we Europeans; being wholly unacquainted not only with the superfluous but the necessary Conveniences so much sought after in Europe, they are happy in not knowing the use of them. They live in a Tra ...more
A wonderful, emotional read. Given his enormous contribution to geographical research, science, medicine, navigation, etc., Cook really deserves far greater recognition. And he did it all without so much as a trace of imperialistic arrogance. In fact, his approach to dealings with natives in the South Pacific, North America and elsewhere, and the rigid code of conduct imposed upon his crew, are among the most heart-warming features of this account.

My one criticism is all too often true of books
James Shearer
The comments by the author keep you focused on whats happening while the actual words from the journals of Cook make you feel like you are standing next to him during his trips. Get a good map of the trip by searching the internet, it will help you focus on the scope of his journeys which is awesome.
pretty cool to get his side of imperialism, as he was unknowing to the dominance his efforts would have on indigenous cultures.

the journal entries themselves are painful, and can almost be skipped in some cases. overabundance of nautical info.
I am fascinated by all things regarding seamanship and nautical exploration of the 17th and 18th centuries, and am looking for more recommendations regarding circumnavigation and exploration. A very interesting biography so far.
Preston Malone
The actual journals of Captain Cook. How cool is that.
Michael Bradham
Enjoyed reading, but wouldn't take it to be truth.
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Captain James Cook, FRS, RN (7 November 1728 – 14 February 1779) was 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 circumnavigat ...more
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