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James Cook

1728 - 1779

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Captain James Cook (7 November 1728 – 14 February 1779) was a British explorer, cartographer and naval officer famous for his three voyages between 1768 and 1779 in the Pacific Ocean and to New Zealand and 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 9,424,738 page views. His biography is available in 151 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 146 in 2019). James Cook is the 9th most popular explorer (down from 8th in 2019), the 26th most popular biography from United Kingdom (down from 25th 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 9 out of 405Before him are Ferdinand Magellan, Vasco da Gama, Amerigo Vespucci, Bartolomeu Dias, Roald Amundsen, and Ibn Battuta. After him are Hernán Cortés, Zheng He, Francis Drake, Francisco Pizarro, Abel Tasman, and David Livingstone.

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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, Charles Frederick, Grand Duke of Baden, Étienne-Louis Boullée, Maria Anna Sophia of Saxony, Robert Adam, and Antoine Baumé. 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, John Kay, Casimir Pulaski, David Garrick, Tommaso Traetta, William Boyce, and Louis de Jaucourt.

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Among people born in United Kingdom, James Cook ranks 26 out of 7,765Before him are Margaret Thatcher (1925), Alexander Graham Bell (1847), Mary I of England (1516), Alfred Hitchcock (1899), Richard I of England (1157), and Charles Dickens (1812). After him are Alexander Fleming (1881), Anne Boleyn (1501), John Maynard Keynes (1883), Mary, Queen of Scots (1542), Robert Hooke (1635), and Lord Byron (1788).

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), William Baffin (1584), Richard Francis Burton (1821), William Adams (1564), Henry Hudson (1570), John Smith (1580), James Clark Ross (1800), and John Davis (1550).