James Cook : the story behind the man who mapped the world

James Cook : the story behind the man who mapped the world
FitzSimons, Peter
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  • Published: 2019
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The name Captain James Cook is one of the most recognisable in Australian history - an almost mythic figure who is often discussed, celebrated, reviled and debated. But who was the real James Cook? This Yorkshire farm boy would go on to become the foremost mariner, navigator and cartographer of his era, and to personally map a third of the globe. His great voyages of discovery were incredible feats of seamanship and navigation. Leading a crew of men into uncharted territories, Cook would face the best and worst of humanity as he took himself and his crew to the edge of the known world - and beyond. With his masterful storytelling talent, Peter FitzSimons brings James Cook to life. Focusing on his most iconic expedition, the voyage of the Endeavour, where Cook first set foot on Australian and New Zealand soil, FitzSimons contrasts Cook against another figure who looms large in Australasian history: Joseph Banks, the aristocratic botanist. As they left England, Banks, a rich, famous playboy, was everything that Cook was not. The voyage tested Cook's character and would help define his legacy. Now, 240 years after James Cook's death, FitzSimons reveals what kind of man James was at heart. His strengths, his weaknesses, his passions and pursuits, failures and successes.

Related Subjects

Explorers--Great Britain--Biography.
Sailors--Great Britain--Biography.
Voyages around the world.
Ocean travel--History--18th century.

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ISBN:

9780733641275 (hardback)

Personal Author:

FitzSimons, Peter,

Title:

James Cook : the story behind the man who mapped the world / Peter Fitzsimons.

Publication Info:

Sydney, N.S.W. : Hachette Australia, 2019.

Publication Info:

©2019

Physical description:

xxxiii, 492 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, maps, portraits ; 25 cm.

Content Type:

text

Content Type:

still image

Content Type:

cartographic image

Media Type:

unmediated

Carrier Type:

volume

Personal subject:

Cook, James, 1728-1779.

Corporate subject:

Great Britain. Royal Navy--Biography.

Corporate subject:

Endeavour (Ship)

Subject term:

Explorers--Great Britain--Biography.

Subject term:

Sailors--Great Britain--Biography.

Subject term:

Voyages around the world.

Subject term:

Ocean travel--History--18th century.

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