The voyages of Captain James Cook

Explore the stories, art, and maps of the voyages. The expeditions of James Cook shaped Europe’s knowledge of the world, and had far-reaching consequences for the people of the lands they touched. Explore the stories, art, and maps of the artists and scientists who were on board the ships. The digital collection items include drawings by the Polynesian high priest and navigator Tupaia, who accompanied Cook to New Zealand and Australia. You’ll also find modern-day responses to the expeditions from people of the communities Cook encountered, documented, and learned from. These reflect the different perspectives that exist on the legacy of the voyages and their impact.