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Captain Cook

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Captain Cook by Walter Besant is a fascinating and informative biography of one of history's most famous explorers. The author dives deep into the life and travels of Captain James Cook, providing a detailed account of his voyages and discoveries in the Pacific Ocean.

Besant's writing style is engaging and easy to read, making it a compelling narrative for readers of all levels. The book is filled with vivid descriptions of the places Cook visited and the people he encountered, giving readers a sense of what life was like during the Age of Exploration.

One of the standout features of the book is Besant's meticulous research and attention to detail. He has clearly done his homework, drawing on a wealth of primary sources to paint a comprehensive picture of Cook's life and accomplishments.

Overall, Captain Cook is a well-written and engaging biography that sheds light on the life and legacy of one of history's most remarkable figures. It is a must-read for anyone interested in exploration, maritime history, or the life of Captain Cook himself.

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James Cook , British explorer, navigator, cartographer, and captain in the Royal Navy was the son of a farm laborer. Apprenticed to a grocer, he ran away to sea. He saw hard service in the Baltic as a merchant seaman, while applying himself to the study of mathematics, navigation, and astronomy. In 1755 he volunteered for the Royal Navy, working his way up to captain. This little biography by Walter Besant, chronicles Cook's three voyages of discovery and his violent death in Hawaii. Cook replaced vague mythology with accurate observations of people and places, animals and plants. Of his achievements Besant writes, "We seek St. Brendan's Island and Terra Australis Incognita; and we find New Zealand and Cape Horn, the Continent of Australia, and the great Pacific Ocean, studded with islands as the firmament is studded by the stars." ,

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