James Cook’s chart shows the main channels, notes the location of fresh water, and gives English names to locations, several of which, including Cape Banks, are still in use today.
The name Botany Bay was chosen by Cook due to the ‘great quantity of plants Mr Banks and Dr Solander found in this place’. The landing site is now part of Kamay Botany Bay National Park, the dual name acknowledging a history of human settlement in the area dating back many thousands of years before the arrival of the Endeavour.
- Article by:
- Dr Shayne T. Williams
- People of the Pacific
Dr Shayne T. Williams, Ph.D, looks at how James Cook’s landing in New South Wales, Australia might have been experienced and interpreted by the Gweagal people.