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By Daniel O'Sullivan

Captain James prepare dinner was once a grasp voyager and a seeker of information who commanded 3 difficult clinical expeditions. He and his crews had encounters with peoples of the South Seas which resulted in mutual admire and alternate, but additionally to false impression and violence. His loss of life by the hands of Hawaiians became him right into a mythical determine, a hero of the Enlightenment who was once stated to have sacrificed his lifestyles bringing "civilization" to the Pacific.Yet regardless of every thing that's identified about this sea captain's many adventures, the guy himself is still shrouded in mystery. In this ebook, Dan O'Sullivan casts vibrant gentle on Cook's personality, teasing out his character from the pages of his personal journals.

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Cook himself seems to have had no illusions about his literary powers. In his introduction to the journal of the second voyage he declares that the journal was written: . . by a man, who has not the advantage of Education, acquired, nor Natural abilities for writing; but by one who has been constantly 28 In Search of Captain Cook at sea from his youth, and who, with the Assistance of a few good friends gone through all the Stations belonging to a Seaman, from a prentice boy in the Coal Trade to a Commander in the Navy.

In the first place, he used the journal of William Anderson, surgeon on the Resolution, to supplement Cook, rather as Hawkesworth had used Banks. Anderson was young, energetic, observant and articulate, and interested especially in ethnology and natural history – in other words, a second 46 In Search of Captain Cook Banks. 26 Then there were also Douglas’s own reflections – admittedly much less numerous than Hawkesworth’s, but nevertheless obtrusive. For example, at the start of the voyage Cook noted that several ships containing a division of Hessian troops bound for America were with them in Plymouth Sound waiting for a favourable wind.

15 One story is that he committed suicide by taking an overdose of opium, but it seems more likely death was brought on by the effect of months of overwork on a frail constitution coupled with the shame and depression that the attacks in the press caused him. 16 Such was the sad end of the first of Cook’s ‘bookmakers’. Apart from his dislike of Hawkesworth’s narrative, there was a further reason why Cook may have been put out by the public treatment of himself and his journal. In the public reception of the voyage generally, much more prominence had been given to Banks than to Cook himself.

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