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The Journals of James Cook's First Pacific Voyage, 1768-1771

This on-line edition of the journals of Cook's first Pacific voyage has been arranged to allow comparison of the journal Cook kept aboard H.M.S. Endeavour with those written by his fellow voyagers, Joseph Banks and Sydney Parkinson, as well as the official record of the voyage written by John Hawkesworth and published in London in 1773.

1. James Cook's Journal of Remarkable Occurrences aboard His Majesty's Bark Endeavour, 1768-1771.

This is a literal transcription of Cook's Journal, preserved by the National Library of Australia as Manuscript 1. Cook generally recorded events during the Endeavour voyage on a daily basis. He also wrote detailed descriptions of the places and peoples encountered in the course of the voyage.

2. The Endeavour Journal of Joseph Banks, 1768-1771

This edition of Joseph Banks's Endeavour journal uses the transcription undertaken by the State Library of New South Wales, allowing you to read:

3. Sydney Parkinson's Journal of a Voyage to the South Seas, in His Majesty's Ship, The Endeavour..., London: 1773

This is the complete text of the first edition of Parkinson's Journal, published in London in 1773.

4. John Hawkesworth's Account of the the Southern Hemisphere, London: 1773

This is an edition of all three volumes of John Hawkesworth's Account of the the Southern Hemisphere. As well as the official account of Cook's first voyage, Hawkesworth's Account contained authorized versions of the journals kept by John Byron, Philip Carteret and Samuel Wallis during their Pacific voyages.