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Captain Cook killed by Hawaiian natives, 1779

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Captain Cook killed by Hawaiian natives, 1779

Death of English explorer Captain James Cook in the Sandwich Islands (Hawaii), 1779.
Hand-colored woodcut reproduction of a painting

North Wind Picture Archives brings history to life with stock images and hand-colored illustrations

Media ID 5880287

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1700s 1779 18th Century Battle Boat British British Navy Death Discover Discovery English Expedition Exploration Explore Explorer Hawaii Hawaiian Island Killed Maritime Native Navy Ocean Pacific Pacific Ocean Polynesia Royal Navy Sandwich Islands Captain Cook Captain James Cook James Cook Kealakekua Bay Maui


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Captain Cook's Tragic Encounter: A Glimpse into the Untamed Pacific". This vintage print transports us back to a defining moment in history - the death of renowned English explorer Captain James Cook. In 1779, amidst his maritime expedition through the vast Pacific Ocean, Cook met an unfortunate fate at the hands of Hawaiian natives on the Sandwich Islands (now known as Hawaii). The hand-colored woodcut reproduction vividly captures the intensity and chaos that unfolded during this historic event. The illustration showcases a British naval boat battling against native Hawaiians in Kealakekua Bay, Maui. It serves as a poignant reminder of both exploration and conflict. Captain James Cook was an intrepid explorer who paved new paths for discovery and knowledge. His voyage aimed to uncover Polynesia's secrets while expanding Britain's influence across uncharted territories. However, it was here, on these remote islands teeming with natural beauty and indigenous cultures, that his journey came to an abrupt end. This image not only commemorates Captain Cook but also sheds light on the complex dynamics between explorers and native populations during this era of colonial expansion. It stands as a testament to both bravery and tragedy, reminding us of the sacrifices made by those who ventured into unknown waters seeking enlightenment. As we gaze upon this piece of artistry from North Wind Picture Archives, we are transported back in time - witnessing firsthand one man's quest for discovery that ultimately led him to become forever entwined with Hawaiian history.

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