Today in World History: January 18th

Captain James Cook, a British Naval officer and explorer of the Pacific Ocean, discovered the Hawaiian Islands on this day in world history in 1778. He named them the Sandwich Islands. On his second voyage to the islands, he made contact with the natives, who mistook him as a god. When he attempted to leave, but was stopped by a strong gust of wind, they realized his trick, and killed him. He was also the first European to circumnavigate New Zealand, and to reach the eastern shore of Australia. He is one of the most well known Pacific explorers, and his legacy remains with the Cook Islands, and in popular literature such as Mr. Popper’s Penguins, where a penguin is named after him.

“Do just once what others say you can’t do, and you will never pay attention to their limitations again.”

-James Cook

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