This is a story from the Great Explorers collection.
Here are the stories of nine great adventures and the lives of the men who took part in them. They pushed back the frontiers of man's knowledge of the world by their vision, courage, and sheer doggedness. They were very different people, from bold adventurers facing the unknown with enjoyment to careful, more scientific individuals. Their journeys are placed within their historical context, but also contain the words of the men themselves.
This installment of David Angus' Great Explorers collection takes a look at the life of the great British captain James Cook. Cook was the son of a poor farm worker, but it was not long before he developed a love for the sea that took him from being a seaman's apprentice to leading navigations to previously unchartered waters in the Pacific Ocean. The importance of Cook's voyages, as well as his reputation as a leader, makes him a hero to many, and Frances Jeater, Sam Dastor, and Kerry Shale perform with a reverent tone as they highlight Cook's many triumphs.