James Cook

1728 - 1779

James Cook

Captain James Cook (7 November [O.S. 27 October] 1728 – 14 February 1779) was a British explorer, navigator, cartographer, and captain in the British Royal Navy. He made detailed maps of Newfoundland prior to making three voyages to the Pacific Ocean, 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 6,342,401 page views. His biography is available in 141 different languages on Wikipedia making him the 7th most popular explorer.

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Among explorers, James Cook ranks 7 out of 367Before him are Marco Polo, Christopher Columbus, Ferdinand Magellan, Vasco da Gama, Roald Amundsen, and Amerigo Vespucci. After him are Hernán Cortés, Ibn Battuta, Bartolomeu Dias, Zheng He, Francis Drake, and Francisco Pizarro.

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

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In United Kingdom

Among people born in United Kingdom, James Cook ranks 19 out of 5,347Before him are Queen Victoria (1819), Richard III of England (1452), Thomas Hobbes (1588), Michael Faraday (1791), Henry VIII of England (1491), and Mary, Queen of Scots (1542). After him are Charles Dickens (1812), Agatha Christie (1890), Richard I of England (1157), John Lennon (1940), Alan Turing (1912), and Mary II of England (1662).

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), John Smith (1580), Richard Francis Burton (1821), William Adams (1564), William Baffin (1584), John Davis (1550), and James Clark Ross (1800).