People of the Pacific

Discover modern-day responses to the expeditions from people of the communities Cook encountered, documented and learned from.
Responses from across the Pacific

Responses from across the Pacific

Article by:
Jo Walsh, Matariki Williams, Emma Tutton

People from across the Pacific give their responses to collection items from James Cook’s voyages and reflect on the legacy of his travels.

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Renaming Aotearoa New Zealand

Article by:
Bridget Reweti

Bridget Reweti offers her personal perspective on how James Cook and his crew renamed the landscapes they encountered on their first voyage.

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An indigenous Australian perspective on Cook's arrival

Article by:
Dr Shayne T. Williams

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.

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Tupaia the navigator, priest and artist

Article by:
Professor Dame Anne Salmond, Huw Rowlands

Dame Anne Salmond and Huw Rowlands discuss the impact of the navigator-priest Tupaia on the Endeavour voyage of James Cook.

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Enountering history: ‘Discovery’ and ‘Resolution’ revisited

Encountering history: ‘Discovery’ and ‘Resolution’ revisited

Article by:
Noelani Arista

Hawaiian Historian Noelani Arista looks at another side of the story of Cook’s landing in Hawai’i, discussing how Hawaiians might have interpreted his arrival and how his death has since been depicted.

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Further themes

People of the Pacific

Discover modern-day responses to the expeditions from people of the communities Cook encountered, documented and learned from.

The search for the Northwest Passage

Learn about the explorers – both before and after Cook – who ventured into the Arctic in search of the Northwest Passage, a navigable channel that was believed to connect the North Atlantic and the Pacific Oceans.

The voyages

Read about James Cook’s three voyages to the Pacific.