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The Pamphlet Collection of Sir Robert Stout: Volume 62

Captain Cook's Arrival

Captain Cook's Arrival.

For a period of 127 years there is no further record of any bold navigator or adventurer having troubled himself to visit the country. It was not till the 6th October, 1769, that the justly celebrated Captain Cook sighted the North Island, and two days later cast anchor in Poverty Bay. His good ship was the Endeavour, and the immediate cause of his visit an observation of the transit of Venus. All Yorkshire people will feel their spirits stirred as they think that this great navigator, the Adam of the white man in New Zealand, hailed from their county. He then proceeded to sail completely round the Islands, and having finished his observations, and defined the land discovered by Tasman, sailed away from Cape Farewell on 31st March, 1770, for Australia.