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Captain Cook's Voyages of Discovery

Captain James Cook was the most prominent explorer of the late 18th century, and one of the greatest explorers of all time.  His three famous voyages of discovery to the Pacific Ocean made great contributions to Western knowledge of the region, and changed the course of history.

This exhibit looks at the cultural and scientific discoveries of Cook’s voyages as illustrated by images from the collections of the Bell Library.

A Man of the Sandwich Islands, Dancing. By J. Webber. From: J. Cook, A Voyage to the Pacific Ocean. London: G. Nicol and T. Cadell, 1785.

Credits

Working under the guidance of Dr. Marguerite Ragnow, curator of the James Ford Bell Library, this online exhibit was created by Paul Bary, a well-travelled librarian who worked at Tulane University in New Orleans, Louisiana, and at Long Island University in Brooklyn, New York. For the past three years Mr. Bary has volunteered in the James Ford Bell Library on special projects including several online exhibits that will be launched in 2014. University of Minnesota, May 2014.