This Day in History, 1768 – Capt. Cook sets sail

On this day in 1768, Capt James Cook set sail from England aboard Endeavor, bound for the Pacific Ocean, with plans to explore and map portions of the Pacific. Cook had been hired by the Royal Society in 1766 to map the Transit of Venus. On this voyage, his first of three, he became the first European to provide descriptions of native Australians.

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