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A General Chart: Exhibiting the Discoveries made by Captain James Cook in this and his two preceding voyages; with the tracks of the ships under his Command

Date: c 1784
Dimensions:
Overall: 688 x 955 mm, 1.25 kg
Medium: Ink on paper
Credit Line: ANMM Collection
Classification:Maps, charts and plans
Object Name: Chart
Object No: 00004857

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    A map titled 'A General Chart: Exhibiting the discoveries made by Captain James Cook in this and his two preceding voyages; with the tracks of the ships under his Command. By Lieutenant Hen. Roberts of his majesty's Royal Navy'. Engraver 'W. Palmer, sculp'. The three tracking lines show the voyages of the ENDEAVOUR and the RESOLUTION for Cook's three voyages ranging from 1768 - 1780.

    Lieutenant Henry Roberts served aboard HMS DISCOVERY during Cook's third voyage and was later responsible for collating the voyage charts.
    SignificanceIn just over a decade Cook's expeditions transformed European knowledge of the southern hemisphere and Pacific profoundly, leaving relatively few areas untouched.
    HistoryThis large map on Mercator's projection was compiled by Lieut. Henry Roberts from Captain Cook's surveys after the third expedition. The map is centered on Australasia with the routes of the ENDEAVOUR (1768-71) and RESOLUTION (1772-75 and 1776-80) illustrated with occasional notes along the tracks. Roberts began his compilation under Cook's supervision and completed it after Cook's death for inclusion in the official account of the third voyage.
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