James cook By aston gradwick-light

7 November [O.S. 27 October] 1728

Marton (in present-day Middlesbrough) Yorkshire, England

He was the captain of the British navy.

What was he?

He was an explorer, navigator and a cartographer.

Why is he famous?

In three voyages Cook sailed thousands of miles across largely uncharted areas of the globe. He mapped lands from New Zealand to Hawaii in the Pacific Ocean in greater detail and on a scale not previously achieved.

As he progressed on his voyages of discovery he surveyed and named features, and recorded islands and coastlines on European maps for the first time.

He was awarded the Copley medal for outstanding achievements in scientific research.

He died 14 February 1779 (aged 50).

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