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Carte de L'Hemisphere Austral Montant Les Routes Des Navigateurs Les Plus Celebres Par le Capitaine Jacques Cook (A Chart of the Southern Hemisphere Shewing [sic] the Tracks ...
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  • Carte de L'Hemisphere Austral Montant Les Routes Des Navigateurs Les Plus Celebres Par le Capitaine Jacques Cook (A Chart of the Southern Hemisphere Shewing [sic] the Tracks ..., 1778
  • engraving
  • Department of Special Collections, Kenneth Spencer Research Library, Ellis Aves D96
  • Not on display
  • EL2009.005
  • Loan: Not in the Spencer's collection
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"Climate Change at the Poles," Jan-2009, Kate Meyer, Jennifer Talbot, and Angela Watts
James Cook embarked upon his second of three voyages with the express purpose of determining the existence of Terra Australis Incognita. His ship, the Resolution, became the first to cross the Antarctic Circle and records indicate he came close to sighting Antarctica. Cook proved Terra Australis could not possibly be as large as scholars and geographers had supposed. He decided not to push further south into the ice, arguing the risks of the journey would outweigh any benefit a land with such a frigid climate could possibly offer society. With no certain shoreline to record, Cook’s map (here translated into French) is left blank south of his charted route.