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Captain Cook and the Pacific: Cook's Third Voyage

Evening Course

Thursday, March 24, 2022 - 6:45 p.m. to 8:15 p.m. ET
Code: 1J0155C
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$25 - Gen. Admission

Captain James Cook

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The three voyages of maritime exploration undertaken by Captain James Cook from 1768 to 1779 are perhaps the most famous of any in history. Filled with high drama, tragedy, intrigue, and humor, their stories have been told and retold for centuries. Justin M. Jacobs, associate professor of history at American University, investigates their enduring appeal by pairing the latest scholarly insights with extensive visual resources focusing on the people, places, and events of the voyages.

Jacobs is the author of several books, including The Compensations of Plunder: How China Lost Its Treasures. He recently completed a 24-episode series on UNESCO World Heritage Sites for The Great Courses and is currently conducting research on the voyages of Captain Cook in the Pacific.

Session Information

Cook's Third Voyage

In the summer of 1776, just as the American colonies proclaimed their independence from Britain, James Cook was brought out of retirement to conduct a third and last circumnavigation of the globe. The goal was to prove or disprove the possibility of a long-sought Northwest Passage across the frigid Arctic seas atop North America. Before it was over, however, Cook would both solve the riddle of the passage and rediscover the Hawaiian archipelago as well as provide the first detailed charts of the Pacific Northwestern coastline—before meeting his infamous and controversial end in Keleakekua Bay.

Additional Sessions

Justin Jacobs is also lecturing on these maritime topics in March 2022:

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