1728 - 1779 (aged 51)
Captain Cook was an English explorer, navigator and cartographer. Ultimately rising to the rank of Captain in the Royal Navy, Cook was the first to map Newfoundland prior to making three voyages to the Pacific Ocean during which he achieved the first European contact with the eastern coastline of Australia and the Hawaiian Islands as well as the first recorded circumnavigation of New Zealand.
James Cook was possibly the greatest explorer of the 18th century.
|Discovery||Navigation of the east coast of Australia||1770|