A chart of Botany Bay by James Cook

Description

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.

Full title:
SIXTY-SEVEN Charts and maps illustrating the voyages and surveys of Capt. James Cook, R.N., and other discoverers; circ. 1760–1780
Created:
1770
Format:
Map
Creator:
James Cook
Usage terms
Public Domain
Held by
British Library
Shelfmark:
Add MS 31360, f.032r

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