Four South Pacific harbour charts, c 1773.
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Matavai Bay, Otaheite (Tahiti); Owharre Harbour, Huaheine (Huahine); Ohamaneno and Oopoa Harbours, Ulietea (Raiatea) mapped during Captain Cook's second Pacific voyage. From 'Complete History of Captain Cook's First, Second and Third Voyages' (1784). Captain James Cook (1728- 1779), the famed navigator and hydrographer, transformed the West's knowledge of the Pacific region after making three exploratory voyages there. During this second voyage (1772-1775), in the 'Adventure' and 'Resolution', Cook and his crew crosed the latitude 70 degrees, the furthest south then reached by Europeans.