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In the 1700’s, British explorer, Captain James Cook, narrowly missed out on becoming the first person on earth to set foot on all 7 continents. Captain Cook navigated three voyages between 1768 and 1778; two of the three voyages circumnavigated the globe. In 1768, Cook took command of an expedition to the Pacific, where he discovered and charted New Zealand and the Great Barrier Reef of Australia. After his return to England, Cook was chosen to circumnavigate the globe for a second time including exploring Antarctica. In 1773, Cook became the first person to cross the Antarctic Circle. When no land was sighted, Cook turned north in search of provisions. He went on to discover present-day Tonga, Easter Island, New Caledonia, the South Sandwich Islands, and South Georgia before returning to England.
Captain Cook’s third voyage sailed in 1776, intending to find a northern passage from the Pacific to the Atlantic. In March 1778, Cook reached the northwest coast of North America where his surveying work did not uncover such a waterway. In January 1779, Cook sailed to Hawaii. Soon after departing Hawaii in February 1779, the ship’s mast broke in a storm and forced Captain Cook to return to Hawaii. This time Cook and his crew were not welcomed by the native Hawaiians. The Hawaiians stole a small boat from the ship. Cook took a party of marines ashore intending to take the Hawaiian king hostage until the boat was returned. The Hawaiians resisted the attempt and Captain Cook was killed in the skirmish that ensued. The ship was forced to leave Captain Cook and sail back to England. - Adapted from Cpt Cook
“All the pathos and irony of leaving one’s youth behind is thus implicit in every joyous moment of travel: one knows that the first joy can never be recovered, and the wise traveler learns not to repeat successes but tries new places all the time.” - Paul Fussell