Posts Tagged ‘James Cook’

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Whose birthday am I celebrating on tattoo Tuesday?

October 27, 2015

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Captain James Cook, explorer, was born on October 27, 1728, in a small village near Middlesbrough, Yorkshire. His discoveries included the Sandwich Islands (Hawaii).  He famously vowed, “to sail ‘as far as I think it possible for man to go.'”

On his third trip to Hawaii he was killed in an argument with the native people.  And that was about as far as he could go.

cook tattooThis is a Maori tattoo similar to the tattoo style noted by and commented on by Capt. Cook when he traveled in Polynesia.

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Who discovered what today? Jan 18

January 18, 2014

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Captain James Cook discovered Hawaii on this day in 1778.

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He looks pretty stern for a man who spent his life on ocean cruises.

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From History.com:

On January 18, 1778, the English explorer Captain James Cook becomes the first European to discover the Hawaiian Islands when he sails past the island of Oahu. Two days later, he landed at Waimea on the island of Kauai and named the island group the Sandwich Islands, in honor of John Montague, who was the earl of Sandwich and one his patrons.

While the encounter started out brilliantly for the Europeans, it did not end well for them.  On a subsequent voyage, they were exposed as mortals and not the gods the Hawaiians first believed them to be and trouble reigned in this island paradise.  However, ultimately, things did not end well for the Hawaiians.

Here is a little geology information about the Hawaiian Islands that are traveling on the Pacific Plate over a hot spot on the ocean floor.

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And here are some more idyllic Hawaiian shots.

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My bags are packed – I’m ready to go.