The Wide Wide Sea

The Wide Wide Sea

Hardback Published on: 11/04/2024
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Synopsis

One of the most revered captains during the Age of Exploration, James Cook was known to be a humane, dedicated leader. But the captain who arrived in Hawaii in 1778 was cruel and unlike the man who had embarked on his third and final voyage almost three years earlier. This is a fascinating examination of one of history's most infamous and complex individuals.

Synopsis

On July 12th, 1776, Captain James Cook, already lionized as the greatest explorer in British history, set off on his third voyage in HMS Resolution. Two-and-a-half years later, on a beach in Hawaii, Cook was killed – beaten and stabbed in a conflict with the indigenous population.

What brought Cook to these final moments, so at odds with his reputation? Renowned for his humane leadership, dedication to science and the curiosity and respect, not judgement, with which he greeted societies that were new to him, Cook had already mapped huge swathes of the Pacific and initiated first European contact with numerous native peoples.

The stated mission for his third voyage was to return a Tahitian man, Mai, who had become the toast of London high society, to his home islands. But Cook carried secret orders to venture north, to discover the fabled Northwest Passage and chart and claim lands before Britain’s imperial rivals. And Cook himself was different on his final, fatal voyage.

The great navigator became mercurial, resorting to the lash to enforce discipline on board, leading his ships into danger time and again, and meting out savage punishments against native peoples for perceived wrongs. Whatever was driving Cook, his mission revealed itself to be the sharp edge of a colonial sword that brought catastrophe to the people in its path. And, after returning from the Arctic to the shores of Hawaii, Cook’s expedition finally tore itself apart …

  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
  • ISBN: 9780241437339
  • Number of pages: 432
  • Weight: 692g
  • Dimensions: 243 x 160 x 38 mm

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The Wide Wide Sea
Excellent read
I rarely post reviews, but I felt I wanted to share how much I enjoyed this book. Even knowing the end before the start did not spoil the story! It was tol... READ MORE
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