Captain Cook: A Legacy Under Fire

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Globe Pequot, Nov 1, 2003 - Biography & Autobiography - 384 pages
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In 1768, James Cook, on an epic sea journey that secured his place in history, discovered Australia. One hundred years later, countering cherished legends, George Collingridge dared to claim that the Portuguese had gotten to Australia first. Now VANESSA COLLINGRIDGE, his distant cousin, unravels the strange tale of history's most fascinating explorer and the man who sought to dethrone him.

Collingridge charts Captain Cook's celebrated voyages: He mapped the Pacific islands, circumnavigated Antarctica, charted New Zealand, and discovered the New Hebrides and Australia, curing scurvy along the way. He was shipwrecked on the Great Barrier Reef, cruised with sails frozen amid two-hundred-foot-tall icebergs, struggled to keep his crew from losing battles with alcohol and Polynesian women, and somehow managed to stay one step ahead of competing French and Spanish explorers. Over his twenty-one years of adventure--until his murder on a beach in Kealakekua Bay in Hawaii in 1779--Cook changed the Western map of the world.

Or so schoolchildren were taught. In 1883 British aristocrat George Collingridge sailed Down Under in search of adventure--and came across maps of Australia dated 1542 and 1546, drawn in northern France but based on Portuguese originals, suggesting that Cook was not the first to reach Australia. This proposal would prove Collingridge's undoing--and yet it is a controversy that lives on.
  

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Contents

PREFACE
1
INTRODUCTION
9
BEGINNINGS JAMES COOKS STORY
13
BEGINNINGS GEORGE COLLINGRIDGES STORY
21
A TASTE OF THE SEA James Cook 1745
27
ITALIAN LESSONS George Collingridge 1867
31
MR COOKS GENIUS AND CAPACITY James Cook 1755
35
THE HAPPY FORESIGHT OF MR COLLINGRIDGE George Collingridge 1870
52
SHIPWRECK James Cook 1770
175
A CALAMITOUS SITUATION James Cook 1770
188
THE IMMORTAL BANKS England 1771
207
THE DIEPPE MAPS George Collingridge 1883
223
FURTHER THAN ANY OTHER MAN James Cook 1772
228
THE END OF THE GREAT SOUTHERN CONTINENT James Cook 1773
233
TERRA AUSTRALIS COGNITA George Collingridge 1885
258
THE DINNER PARTY James Cook 1775
265

THE KINGS SURVEYOR James Cook 1762
59
IN SEARCH OF PARADISE George Collingridge 1872
64
THE SURVEYORS ART James Cook 1763
67
TROUBLE IN PARADISE George Collingridge 1879
77
TO THE SOUTHWARDS
82
PREPARATIONS James Cook 1768
105
THE VOYAGE OF THE ENDEAVOUR James Cook 1768
117
TAHITI James Cook 1769
129
THE 40th LATITUDE James Cook 1769
143
BOTANY BAY James Cook 1770
161
JAVE LA GRANDE George Collingridge 1883
168
CLOSING THE LOOP
287
THE FINAL VOYAGE James Cook 1776
290
THE SECRETS OF THE MAPS George Collingridge 1895
299
ALASKA James Cook 1778
306
OBSESSION AND BETRAYAL James Cook 1779
327
KEALAKEKUA BAY 2001
343
THE END OF AMBITION England 1780
347
TROUBLESOME GEORGE COLLINGRIDGE AND THE IDEAS REVOLUTION
352
HEROES HERETICS AND THE GREAT WHODUNIT
361
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About the author (2003)

VANESSA COLLINGRIDGE is the co-anchor of Britain's news program Tonight and writes a column for The Daily Telegraph. She studied geography at Oxford University and is currently a fellow of the Royal Geographical Society.

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