The Death of Captain Cook, 1779

Captain Cook had previously visited the Hawaiian islands where they had been well received. However his ship, HMS Resolution, had damaged its foremast and was forced to land to repair it. For some reason, the islanders reception was not so welcoming this visit. The Resolution's cutter had been stolen and Cook was travelling with a small party to try and negotiate its return. However, the islanders who met them at Kealakekua Bay had other ideas and killed Cook and four other sailors.

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