Aitutaki #30 (1920)

James Cook’s Third Voyage

On July 12, 1776, James Cook departed from Plymouth, England, and his third (and final voyage), taking the route via Cape Town and Tenerife to New Zealand and the Hawaiian Islands, and along the North American coast to the Bering Strait. Its ostensible purpose was to return Omai, a young man from Raiatea to his homeland, but the Admiralty used this as a cover for their … Continue reading James Cook’s Third Voyage

Aitutaki #33 (1920)

Aitutaki #33 (1920)

Aitutaki is an “almost-atoll” in the Cook Islands group, probably first settled around AD 900, with the first known European contact occurring when Captain Bligh and the crew of HMS Bounty arrived on 11 April 1789, just prior to the infamous mutiny.  A British Protectorate was declared over the 15 islands of the Cook group on 20 September 1888. On 9 October 1900, Aitutaki became the only one of the … Continue reading Aitutaki #33 (1920)