Captain James Cook was an 18th century explorer and navigator who is recognized for his mapping of the Pacific including New Zealand and Australia.
James Cook was born on October 27, 1728 at Marton, England. In 1755, he enlisted in the British navy and participated in the Seven Years War in North America surveying and charting the St. Lawrence River which helped in the capture of Quebec from the French.
Cook participated in three lengthy voyages mapping the Pacific region. The first voyage was from August, 1768 to July, 1771. The second was from July, 1772 to July, 1775. The final voyage started in July, 1776 and in February, 1779, he was killed at the Sandwich Islands by natives while trying to recover a stolen boat.
The following map was obtained from Wikipedia and shows Cook's three voyages. The first voyage is shown in red, the second in green and the third in blue. The solid blue line represents Cook's voyage up until his death while the dashed blue line represents the trip taken by his crew on the return trip to England.
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