Voyage of the Endeavour: Captain Cook and the Discovery of the Pacific

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Allen & Unwin, 1999 - Explorers - 196 pages
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In this book you will discover what it meant to sail with Captain Cook into the uncharted waters of the South Pacific, why the Endeavour sought out the mysterious Great South Land and what kind of man Cook was.

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Page 55 - ... which are of a prodigious height, and appear to consist of nothing but barren rocks, covered in many places with large patches of snow, which perhaps have lain there since the Creation. No country upon earth can appear with a more rugged and barren aspect than this doth; from the sea for as far inland as the eye can reach nothing is to be seen but the summits of these rocky mountains, which seem to lay so near one another as not to admit any valleys between them. From the latitude of 44° 20...
Page 10 - ... there is reason to believe that lands and islands of great extent, hitherto unvisited by any European power, may be found in the Atlantic Ocean, between the Cape of Good Hope and the Magellanic Streight, within the latitudes convenient for navigation...
Page 47 - Wallis in His Majesty's ship the Dolphin (of which you will herewith receive a copy) or of the tract of any former navigators in pursuits of the like kind...
Page 78 - It was one of those beautiful mornings which the poets of all nations have attempted to describe, when we saw the isle of Otaheite, within two miles before us. The east-wind which had carried us so far, was entirely vanished, and a faint breeze only wafted a delicious perfume from the land, and curled the surface of the sea.
Page 69 - 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.
Page 80 - I consider the light in which they must view us. It was impossible for them to know our real design; we enter their ports without their daring to oppose; we endeavour to land in their country as friends, and it is well if this succeeds; we land, nevertheless, and maintain the footing we have got, by the superiority of our firearms.
Page 48 - You are also, with the consent of the natives, to take possession of convenient situations in the country, in the name of the King of Great Britain...
Page 77 - Having nothing new to communicate I should hardly have troubled you with a letter was it not customary for Men to take leave of their friends before they go out of the World, for I can hardly think my self in it so long as I am deprived from having any Connections with the civilized part of it, and this will soon be my case for two years at least.
Page 11 - You are also with the Consent of the Natives to take possession of Convenient Situations in the Country in the Name of the King of Great Britain; or, if you find the Country uninhabited take Possession for His Majesty by setting up Proper Marks and Inscriptions, as first discoverers and possessors.

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About the author (1999)

Alan Frost was named Emeritus Curator for their `major contributions to history, research, the State Library of NSW and the NSW Parliamentary Libraryż.

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