Thanks for the link Dr Smith, great pictures
I learned an interesting fact about the discovery of Australian and the transit of Venus. Captain Cook was sent to Tahita (I think it was Tahiti) to observe the transit of Venus. After he had done that he opened some secret instructions from the British government which told him to find the great southern land which he then did. So we have the transit of Venus to thank for what Australia is today
The above map is not entirely accurate - it serves to show the major direction of the voyages.
Many crisscrosses and returns to the areas visited etc. are not included in the tracks shown.
An example: Cook's return to Hawaii from Alaska is not shown.
If he had followed the track shown he wouldn't have been killed.
First Voyage - 1768-1771
Goal : Observe Transit of Venus, find Southern Continent
Acheivement: Observed transit at Tahiti and mapped New Zealand, discovered it's Southern Island and discovered and mapped eastern coast of Australia.
Second Voyage - 1772-1775
Goal : Confirm existence of postulated Southern Continent
Acheivement: discovered New Hebrides and discovered New Caledonia. discovered Fijis, Tonga, Society Islands and circumnavigated Antartica.
Third Voyage - 1776-1780
Goal : Find Northeast passage from Pacific to Atlantic in northern America.
Acheivement: found Marquesas Islands, discovered Cook Islands and Hawaii, cruised western American coast from California to Alaska north of Bering Straits.
Capt. Cook killed February 14, 1779 Kealakekua Bay, Hawaii
Sorry. What I thought you said was;Yep, that's what I said
I was under the that impression that you were implying that he mapped the east coast of Australia after he established that the Southern Continent did not exist. My mistake.What he did do, between that expedition and the next, was to establish that the great southern land did not actually exist. Having done that, he then mapped the east coast of Australia on his way back home.
Clumsy interplay between the sentences on my part - I can see how it could have been read either way. My error for poor expressionI was under the that impression that you were implying that he mapped the east coast of Australia after he established that the Southern Continent did not exist. My mistake.