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Australian Studies Summative Assessment Activity No 2 HMS ENDEAVOUR In Chapter Four of Bill Brysons Book Down Under He starts talking about Captain Cook In 1770 Lieutenant James Cook and his crew aboard the HMS Endeavour discovered the South-east corner of Australia and sailed 1800 miles to Cape York this however was not what Cook had set out to achieve but it was to play a big part in the history of Australia Cook set off again this time to explore the lands of the South seas and bring home anything that looked scientifically interesting I this three year voyage he gathered up 30000 specimens which included 1400 Plants never seen before So on 19th April 1770 when HMS Endeavour returned to the South-east tip of Australia Cook and his crew where already on a role Cook named this spot Point Hicks and turned to the North For Four months Cook headed up the coast They stopped ashore at Possession Island Planted a flag and claimed the East coast for Great Britain Cook returned twice to the pacific on greater voyages Cook was Murdered in 1779 and was said to be eaten by natives on a beach in Hawaii Thanks to Cooks discoveries Australia became known This was a unbelievable achievement and is very well known today From reading this part of Bill Brysons book Down Under I have discovered a little bit more about the way Australia was discovered I knew a Little bit about Cooks voyages already but in reading this I have also discovered that Cook was supposedly eaten by the natives of Hawaii in 1779 Captain Cooks voyages on the ship Endeavour have a lot of relevance to Australia today It was these voyages which later lead to the colonisation of Australia as it is today When Captain Cooks log books of his journeys to Australia returned to England and were read they told of wonderful
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