(27 Oct 1728 - 14 Feb 1779)
Quotes by others about James Cook (1)
According to Herr Cook's observation, the inhabitants of New Guinea have something they set light to which burns up almost like gunpowder. They also put it into hollow staves, and from a distance you could believe they are shooting. But it does not produce so much as a bang. Presumably they are trying to imitate the Europeans. They have failed to realize its real purpose.
- 27 Oct - short biography, births, deaths and events on date of Cook's birth.