Q:

How did Captain James Cook die?

A:

Quick Answer

Royal Navy Captain James Cook died on February 14, 1779, after he was stabbed in a scuffle with Hawaiian islanders when he attempted to take the local leader hostage. His death occurred during his third exploratory voyage on the HMS Endeavour.

Know More
How did Captain James Cook die?
Credit: Hulton Archive Hulton Archive Getty Images

Full Answer

Cook's third voyage was a failed attempt to find the fabled North-West Passage believed to link the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. When he could not find the route, he took his two ships and explored the island of Hawaii.

Cook and his crew were the first Europeans to ever see Australia, which Cook named New South Wales and claimed for Great Britain in 1769. He was hoping to locate the southernmost continent, Antarctica, which had not yet been discovered.

Learn More
Sources:

Related Questions

  • Q:

    How did James Cook die?

    A:

    James Cook died on Feb. 14, 1779, after he was clubbed on the head and speared by a native Hawaiian. His death occurred in a battle on the beach at Kealakekua Bay.

    Full Answer >
  • Q:

    How did Galileo die?

    A:

    The Italian astronomer, physicist and mathematician, Galileo Galilei, died on January 8, 1642 at the age of 77 after suffering heart palpitations and a long fever. At the time of his death, Galileo had been under house arrest for 8 years as a result of having held to the opinion that the sun remains motionless and that the earth revolves around it. He was found guilty by the inquisition in Rome for defending the Copernican theory of heliocentrism, after it had been declared contrary to Holy Scripture.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:
  • Q:

    What year did Puerto Rico gain independence?

    A:

    Puerto Rico is not independent as of February 2015. The island is a territory of the United States; it was previously under the rule of the Spanish Empire.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:
  • Q:

    How did Benson Idahosa die?

    A:

    Benson Andrew Idahosa died suddenly of unknown causes in 1998. He was born to a poor family and was considered unhealthy ever since his childhood.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:

Explore