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I am cur­rently de­vel­op­ing a pa­per on the ex­pe­ri­ence of James Cook in New­found­land from 1762 to 1767, which I hope to pro­pose for, and present at, the Sev­enth In­ter­na­tional Congress of Mar­itime His­tory in Perth/Fre­man­tle, Aus­tralia in June 2016. The pa­per will ex­pand on the con­tention made by John Rob­son in _Cap­tain Cook's War & Peace: The Royal Navy Years 1755-1768_ (An­napo­lis, MD: Naval In­sti­tute Press; Barns­ley, South Yorks.: Seaforth Pub­lish­ing; Syd­ney: Univer­sity of New South Wales Press, 2009) that Cook’s ca­reer in the Pa­cific (which for much of the rest of the world is the only James Cook there is) can­not be un­der­stood with­out ref­er­ence to his ac­com­plish­ments dur­ing the years that he served in the Royal Navy in North Amer­ica. Those years were crit­i­cal to his train­ing as a nav­i­ga­tor, a car­tog­ra­pher, and as a com­man­der.

I be­lieve that such a pa­per would ben­e­fit con­sid­er­ably if it were part of a ses­sion which looked at other in­di­vid­u­als (Tas­man, La Pérouse, Bougainville, and many oth­ers) *be­fore* they be­came prom­i­nent for their voy­ages of ex­plo­ration and dis­cov­ery in the Pa­cific. Were there ex­pe­ri­ences, per­son­al­i­ties, and val­ues that were common to them all and which were crit­i­cal in shap­ing their later suc­cess as ex­plor­ers of the Pa­cific?

I there­fore in­vite any­one who is work­ing on such a theme, and who is in­ter­ested in at­tend­ing and pre­sent­ing at ICMH7, to get in touch with me, with the idea of or­ga­niz­ing a ses­sion around the ten­ta­tive theme (sub­ject to sub­se­quent re­vi­sion and re­fine­ment), “Be­fore the Pa­cific: Crit­i­cal Fac­tors in the Mak­ing of an Ex­plorer”. As is the case with most con­fer­ences, the pro­gram com­mit­tee is more likely to re­spond fa­vor­ably to a pro­posal for a ses­sion than for in­di­vid­ual pa­pers.

If you, a col­league, or a stu­dent is in­ter­ested, please con­tact me by email at: olaf@gren­fell.mun.ca. Thank you.

Prof. Olaf U. Janzen, PhD, FRHistS His­tor­i­cal Stud­ies pro­gram Gren­fell Cam­pus, Memo­rial Univer­sity of New­found­land 20 Univer­sity Drive Cor­ner Brook, NL Canada A2H 5G4

Tel: (709) 637-6282 Fax: (709) 639-8125

http://www2.gren­fell.mun.ca/~olaf

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