Posted by: Gregoryno6 | April 29, 2020

April 29, 1770.

250 years ago today,
Captain James Cook and the crew of the Endeavour sailed into Botany Bay.

The eastern coast of Australia, much more attractive than the dry landscape of the western coast, had been Europeanly discovered.
Cue the inevitable charge of ‘Invasion’. And counter charge of ‘Settlement’.
Settled, invaded – either way, what would have been the result if Cook had returned to London and said ‘Don’t bother’?
Cook haters carry on as if no other European nation was exploring, settling, or colonising at the time. If the Brits hadn’t planted their flag here, the Spaniards or the Portugese or the Dutch would have done it.
The Chinese might have done it centuries earlier, except they got all hoity-toity about being the Middle Kingdom and above exploring.
Thank you for being first, Captain Cook.

I took a walk around the replica Endeavour when it was berthed at Fremantle some years ago. My principal impression: how the hell did Cook and his crew survive on a ship that’s so damn SMALL?


  1. Drake’s Golden Hind was similarly small. No social distancing for the privateers. 🙂

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