Discoveries : The Voyages of Captain Cook

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Cook's great voyages marked the end of an era in world history. As he sailed into Hawaii in January 1778 he made contact with the last of the human civilizations to grow up independently of the rest of the world. But equally for the Polynesians and Melanesians of the Pacific, Cook's arrival in their midst merely marked a further (if disastrous) twist in diverse histories already many centuries old.

In this immensely enjoyable and absorbing book Cook's journeys are reimagined, attempting toleave behind (or master) our later preoccupations to let us see what Cook and his associates experienced and what the societies he encountered experienced - from the Beothuks of Newfoundland to the Tongans of the Friendly Islands.
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  • Paperback | 512 pages
  • 129 x 198 x 25mm | 358g
  • Penguin Books Ltd
  • London, United Kingdom
  • 0141002794
  • 9780141002798

About Nicholas Thomas

Nicholas Thomas is Professor of Anthropology at Goldsmiths College, University of London.
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