How do you get your head around Captain Cook in the 21st century? We asked five curators how they've retold the familiar narrative in this 250th anniversary year.
In April 1770, British naval officer Lieutenant James Cook (later Captain Cook) sailed along the southeastern coast of Australia. Declaring the landmass terra nullius, he planting a flag for the Empire. It was in direct contradiction to a journal entry Cook had made days earlier, observing from afar that his ship was ‘so near the Shore as to distinguish several people upon the Sea beach they appear'd to be of a very dark or black Colour but whether this was the real colour of their skins or the C[l]othes they might have on I know not.’
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