James Cook. Navigator

James Cook (sorry, Captain James Cook!) Is a famous navigator, to whom we all owe a huge number of geographical discoveries made by him. True, most people only know that Cook discovered some new lands, after which he was killed by the natives on one of the tropical islands. Yes, this is all true, but much more interesting things can be said about Cook.

The Fiji Islands owe their name to Kuku. They were actually called "Fisi", but Cook made a mistake in the logbook by writing them down as "Fiji". Nevertheless, Cook's authority was so great that it was decided to leave the name that way.

Captain Cook sailed around the world three times.

The Cook Islands were named after him, however, contrary to popular belief, he did not die there at all.

Contrary to popular myth, no natives ate Cook. Yes, they killed him during the conflict that erupted between them and Cook's team, but they paid a high price for this - enraged by the death of their captain, the sailors practically wiped out the entire tribe from the face of the earth.

The place of death of Captain Cook - Hawaiian Islands.

It was Cook who was the first to learn how to fight scurvy, a disease that had previously been a real scourge of all seafarers.

Among his contemporaries, Cook stood out for his extremely tolerant and benevolent attitude towards the aborigines of various places that he visited on expeditions.

Cook's maps were so precise and so skillfully executed that they were used by mariners until the mid-19th century.

Cook began his career as a navigator as a cabin boy in a coal brig.

Thanks to Cook, it was possible to calculate the distance from the Earth to the Sun, more precisely, thanks to the astronomical observations of Venus, which Cook conducted during his first round-the-world expedition.