James Cook

1728 - 1779

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Captain James Cook (7 November 1728 – 14 February 1779) was a British explorer, navigator, cartographer, and captain in the British Royal Navy, famous for his three voyages between 1768 and 1779 in the Pacific Ocean and to Australia in particular. He made detailed maps of Newfoundland prior to making three voyages to the Pacific, during which he achieved the first recorded European contact with the eastern coastline of Australia and the Hawaiian Islands, and the first recorded circumnavigation of New Zealand. Cook joined the British merchant navy as a teenager and joined the Royal Navy in 1755. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of James Cook has received more than 7,562,654 page views. His biography is available in 146 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 141 in 2019). James Cook is the 8th most popular explorer (down from 7th in 2019), the 26th most popular biography from United Kingdom (down from 19th in 2019) and the most popular British Explorer.

James Cook was a British explorer and navigator who mapped much of the world's coastlines and discovered many islands. He is most famous for leading three expeditions to the Pacific Ocean, during which he claimed the eastern coast of Australia for Britain.

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Among explorers, James Cook ranks 8 out of 405Before him are Christopher Columbus, Ferdinand Magellan, Vasco da Gama, Amerigo Vespucci, Bartolomeu Dias, and Hernán Cortés. After him are Roald Amundsen, Ibn Battuta, Zheng He, Francis Drake, Francisco Pizarro, and Prince Henry the Navigator.

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Among people born in 1728, James Cook ranks 1After him are Peter III of Russia, Johann Heinrich Lambert, Joseph Black, Anton Raphael Mengs, Chevalier d'Éon, Niccolò Piccinni, Étienne-Louis Boullée, Robert Adam, Charles Frederick, Grand Duke of Baden, Maria Anna Sophia of Saxony, and John Hunter. Among people deceased in 1779, James Cook ranks 1After him are Jean-Baptiste-Siméon Chardin, Anton Raphael Mengs, Thomas Chippendale, Emperor Go-Momozono, Karim Khan Zand, Casimir Pulaski, William Boyce, John Kay, David Garrick, Tommaso Traetta, and Louis de Jaucourt.

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Among people born in United Kingdom, James Cook ranks 26 out of 6,924Before him are Charles Dickens (1812), Mary, Queen of Scots (1542), Alan Turing (1912), Alfred Hitchcock (1899), Richard I of England (1157), and Anne Boleyn (1501). After him are Alexander Graham Bell (1847), John Lennon (1940), Mary I of England (1516), Alexander Fleming (1881), Arthur Conan Doyle (1859), and Margaret Thatcher (1925).

Among EXPLORERS In United Kingdom

Among explorers born in United Kingdom, James Cook ranks 1After him are Francis Drake (1540), David Livingstone (1813), Henry Morton Stanley (1841), Robert Falcon Scott (1868), Henry Hudson (1570), William Adams (1564), John Smith (1580), William Baffin (1584), Richard Francis Burton (1821), James Clark Ross (1800), and William Dampier (1651).