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View of Karakakooa Bay in Owhyhee, where Captn Cook was killed

Date: 1785
Dimensions:
Overall: 241 x 383 mm
Medium: Ink on paper
Credit Line: ANMM Collection
Classification:Art
Object Name: Engraving
Object No: 00046944

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    Description
    Following the death of Captain Cook at Kealakekua Bay in Hawaii in February 1779, the bay became the subject of great interest and it was illustrated in several paintings and engravings. This engraving shows Cook's ships RESOLUTION and DISCOVERY at anchor in the bay surrounded by local watercraft.
    SignificanceThis engraving of Kealakekua Bay is significant as an indicator of the great public interest surrounding the circumstances of Captain Cook's death and the location where it took place.
    HistoryCaptain Cook was killed on the shore of Kealakekua Bay (previously known as Karakakooa Bay), Hawaii on 14 February 1779. The incident occurred after the Hawaiians stole a small cutter from the Europeans and Cook retaliated by taking their Chief hostage. Conflict broke out culminating in Cook being clubbed and stabbed to death. Cook's death came as a great shock - initially to the crews of the RESOLUTION and DISCOVERY, and later to the general public in England. Kealakekua Bay became synonymous with Cook's death and was the subject of several paintings and engravings.
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