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26/08/1768 James Cook begins his first voyage

The first voyage of James Cook was a combined Royal Navy and Royal Society expedition to the south Pacific Ocean aboard HMS Endeavour. The aims of this first expedition were to observe the 1769 transit of Venus across the Sun, and to seek evidence of the postulated Terra Australis Incognita or "unknown southern land".


  • Essentials 

  • Conception 

  • Preparations and personnel 

  • Voyage of discovery 

  • New Zealand 

  • Australian coast 

  • Homeward voyage 

  • Publication of journals