Cook’s brief tour

The Sunday Times - - YOUR SAY - SID BREEDEN City Beach

Like a starry-eyed t’oth­er­sider, Peter Gilet tries to re­write his­tory in favour of James Cook (Your Say, Sept 10).

Johnny-come-lately Cook in 1770 only dis­cov­ered the Terra Aus­tralis east coast.

Un­like other ex­plor­ers, Cook’s was a fleet­ing in­ter­est be­cause he never fur­ther ex­plored our con­ti­nent and never re­turned.

At least 154 years be­fore Cook, sev­eral other ex­plor­ers dis­cov­ered all but our east coast and in 1644 Abel Tas­man charted his ex­ten­sive Hol­lan­dia Nova dis­cov­ery.

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