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The Making of John LedyardEmpire and Ambition in the Life of an Early American Traveler$
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Edward G. Gray

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780300110555

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300110555.001.0001

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Serving Captain Cook with Honor

Serving Captain Cook with Honor

(p.43) Chapter III Serving Captain Cook with Honor
The Making of John Ledyard

Edward G. Gray

Yale University Press

This chapter focuses on John Ledyard's first journey with Captain Cook on Resolution. Having already been around the world with Captain Cook, the Resolution had proven itself ideally suited for voyages of discovery. Its broad, shallow hull allowed it to carry sufficient provisions to sustain a crew for many months at sea, while its crew of 112 officers, sailors, and marines was modest in number. By the time Ledyard sailed with him, Cook had already charted the eastern coast of Australia and had established that the great southern continent was no continent at all. The chapter also reveals that on his first voyage aboard the Resolution, Cook had circumnavigated the globe in high southern latitudes, rising above even the Antarctic Circle, to prove that Australia was not the northern tip of some great southern land mass.

Keywords:   Captain Cook, voyages, crew, Antarctic Circle, globe

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