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Cook's Map of the Bering Straits.
CookAlexander Hogg.
A Chart of the North West Coast of America and North East Coast of Asia, Explored in the Years 1778 & 1779.
London: Hogg, c.1785. 235 x 360mm. Narrow bottom margin. The purpose of Cook's Third Voyage was to discover the North West Passage. Having discovered Hawaii in January 1778 he sailed up the eastern coast of America and passed through the Bering Straits, where he was blocked by the Arctic icewall. He returned to Hawaii in 1779, where he was killed, after which his crew went north for a second attempt to breach the icewall, again failing before returning to England.



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