Captain James Cook - Life and Voyages of the Great Navigator
by Walter Besant
JAMES COOK, born 1728, Marton, Yorkshire, England, died 1779, Hawaii. From the lowest ranks, born to be great, when he began to rise, with each step he assumed, as if it belonged to him, the dignity of his new rank. He discovered the Society Islands; New Zealand to be two islands; he followed the unknown coast of New Holland for over three thousand kilometres; he traversed the Antarctic Ocean.