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Cook and the Pacific

Cook and the Pacific


Cook led a scientific expedition to observe the transit of Venus in Tahiti, circumnavigated New Zealand and established that it was two separate islands, and nearly perished when the Endeavour ran aground on the world's largest coral reef. In 1779, on his third Pacific voyage, he was killed in Hawaii.

Cook's three Pacific voyages changed contemporary understanding of the world. But they also had a dramatic impact on the lives of those who inhabited the vast regions Cook explored. For many First Nations peoples, this was merely part of a long saga of dispossession and struggle for survival. While Cook and the Pacific tells the story of cooperation and cultural exchange, it also details confrontation and conflict. The book has a strong First Nations voice, reflected in the essay by John Maynard.

Essays by John Maynard, Susannah Helman and Martin Woods
Published October 2018
192 Pages
297 mm x 210 mm
ISBN 9780642279231

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