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Captain Cook's voyages of discovery by James…

Captain Cook's voyages of discovery (edition 1906)

by James Cook, Ernest Rhys (Editor)

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Title:Captain Cook's voyages of discovery
Authors:James Cook
Other authors:Ernest Rhys (Editor)
Info:London : New York : Dent ; Dutton, 1906.
Collections:Working Library

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Captain Cook's Voyages of Discovery by James Cook



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There is some possibility that I am the first person to read this particular book all the way through since the CSUS library acquired it. There were three uncut pages toward the last 1/3 of the book. Not sure why, the last part is the exciting bit, with the killing of Captain Cook by the islanders in the Sandwich Islands (now Hawaii). The other officers seemed puzzled by the whole event, and historians have theorized ever since. Given the descriptions of an elaborate religious rite which the captain participated in shortly before his death, I wonder whether he inadvertently volunteered as an offering to the gods. Cook was undoubtedly a good captain, very concerned with the welfare of his officers and crew. This is evidenced by the small number of men he lost to illness. He insisted on cleanliness below decks and procured as much fresh food as possible. Also carried sauerkraut to ward off scurvy. This edition would have benefited greatly from the addition of maps.
  ritaer | Jun 9, 2018 |
An in-depth description of Captain James Cook's 3 famous voyages of discovery & exploration of the Southern ocean and first-hand accounts of the many achievements & discoveries he & his crews made up to the revered mariner's untimely death in 1779. ( )
  tommi180744 | Dec 12, 2017 |
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Distinguished as this country is, and ever has been, for its able navigators, it acquires no inconsiderable accession of fame from boasting of the name of Cook, whose three principal voyages we are now about to detail in an unbroken series.
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Between 1768 and 1779, Captain James Cook of the British Royal Navy made three voyages of exploration for purposes of scientific research. On each voyage, he kept a log of scenes and adventures. Cook's reputation rose steadily with each voyage largely because Europeans were fascinated with the romance of discovery as well as reports of sexual license in Tahiti and other Polynesian islands.… (more)

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