Captain Cook’s Contact with Native Hawaiians

This week in history — January 18, 1778 — Captain James Cook and his crew sailed past Oahu and a few days later landed at Waimea, Kauai. While the Native Hawaiians initially welcomed the British explorer and his crew as gods,

“… a difficulty arose between Captain Cook and the Chief of the island, and the brave navigator lost his life at the hands of the savages. It was a most unfortunate affair for science, for when Cook fell the whole world was called to mourn the loss of one of its greatest captains and discoverers.”

Agree with this depiction and labeling Hawaiians as “savages”? Read more about it in “Captain Cook.”

“Captain Cook: The Story of the Discovery of Hawaii”
The Hawaiian gazette., August 22, 1893, Page 5, Image 5

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