Chart showing the Southern Hemisphere


This chart shows the route of James Cook’s second voyage, with the track of the ships drawn in red. Although the Adventure returned to Britain in 1774, the Resolution visited the Antarctic three times and made two long circuits of the Pacific during successive winters. The main result of the voyage was, in Cook’s words, to put ‘a final end … to the searching after a Southern Continent’.

The expedition also plotted the location of many islands in the Pacific until then not accurately recorded on European maps.

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Chart showing the Southern Hemisphere and the route of Cook's second voyage
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