7 Facts About James Cook

1. In 2002 James Cook was placed at number 12 in the BBC's poll of the 100 Greatest Britons.

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2. In New Zealand the coming of James Cook is often used to signify the onset of colonisation.

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3. On his second voyage, James Cook used the K1 chronometer made by Larcum Kendall, which was the shape of a large pocket watch, 5 inches in diameter.

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4. The king began to understand that James Cook was his enemy.

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5. On his first voyage, James Cook had demonstrated by circumnavigating New Zealand that it was not attached to a larger landmass to the south.

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6. At this time, James Cook employed local pilots to point out the "rocks and hidden dangers" along the south and west coasts.

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7. Captain James Cook was a British explorer, navigator, cartographer, and captain in the Royal Navy.

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