James Cook and the Endeavour - 250 Years On

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James Cook and the Endeavour - 250 Years On

250 years ago, on 26 August 1768, Lieutenant James Cook sailed from Plymouth Harbour bound for Tahiti on HMB Endeavour, to observe the Transit of Venus. The Royal Society predicted this would take

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250 years ago, on 26 August 1768, Lieutenant James Cook sailed from Plymouth Harbour bound for Tahiti on HMB Endeavour, to observe the Transit of Venus. The Royal Society predicted this would take place on 3 June 1769, would not occur again for more than 100 years, and they needed an observation in the Southern Hemisphere. Cook’s instructions were to then explore the coast of New Zealand, reached 125 years earlier by Abel Tasman and after that he could decide on the best route to return to England The rest, as they say, is history.


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