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COOK, James FRS RN (1728-1779)

Diaspora. James was named after his father, James Cook, from Ednam near Kelso in the Scottish Borders, who settled in the north of England and married Grace Pace of Thornaby-on-Tees. He went on to become one of the most famous explorers of the 18th century. Among many achievements he was the first European to discover and name the Sandwich Islands (Now Hawaii), and to navigate the eastern coastline of Australia. He named the New Hebrides and New Caledonia and was the first to circumnavigate New Zealand.

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