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Blue latitudes : boldly going where Captain Cook has gone before / Tony Horwitz.


This book retraces the voyages of Captain James Cook, the Yorkshire farm boy who drew the map of the modern world. Captain James Cook's three epic journeys in the eighteenth century were the last great voyages of discovery. His ships sailed 150,000 miles, from the Arctic to the Antarctic, from Tasmania to Oregon, from Easter Island to Siberia. When Cook set off for the Pacific in 1768, a third of the globe remained blank. By the time of his violent death in Hawaii in 1779, the map of the world was substantially complete. Tony Horwitz vividly recounts Cook's voyages and the exotic scenes the captain encountered: tropical orgies, taboo rituals, cannibal feasts, human sacrifice. He also relives Cook's adventures by traveling in the captain's wake to such places as Tahiti, Savage Island, and the Great Barrier Reef along the way, he discovers Cook's embattled legacy in the present day. Signing on as a working crewman aboard a replica of Cook's vessel, Horwitz experiences the thrill and terror of sailing a tall ship. He also explores Cook the man: an impoverished farm boy who broke through the barriers of his class and time to become the greatest navigator in British history.

Record details

  • ISBN: 0805065415
  • ISBN: 9780805065411
  • Physical Description: 480 pages ; 25 cm
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Publisher: New York : H. Holt, 2002.

Content descriptions

General Note:
Maps on lining papers.
Bibliography, etc. Note:
Includes bibliographical references (pages 453-459).
Formatted Contents Note:
Pacific Nothwest: one week before the mast -- Tahiti: Sic transit Venus -- To Bora-Bora: sold a pup -- New Zealand: warriors, still -- Botany Bay: in the pure state of nature -- The Great Barrier Reef: wrecked -- Homeward bound: the hospital ship -- Savage island: the hunt for red banana -- Tonga: where time begins, and goes back -- North Yorkshire: a plain, zealous man -- London: shipping out, again -- Alaska: outside men -- Hawaii: the last island -- Kealakekua Bay: a bad day on black rock.
Subject: Cook, James, 1728-1779 > Travel.
Horwitz, Tony, 1958- > Travel > Oceania.
Endeavour II (Ship)
Voyages around the world.
Oceania > Discovery and exploration.

Available copies

  • 15 of 16 copies available at Missouri Evergreen. (Show)
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  • 1 of 1 copy available at Marshall Public Library.


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