Who Discovered Hawaii?
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Hawaii is a group of islands that is located in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. Therefore, it was first discovered by groups of people who were the first to migrate there. According to historians, the Polynesian settlers were the first people to discover and inhibit Hawaii. They were from the Marquesas Islands who migrated to Hawaii around 300 BCE.
Captain James Cook
There were also been evidences of settlers from other regions, for example, Tahiti, who migrated and inhibit Hawaii. Most historians, however, credited Captain James Cook to the discovery of Hawaii as he was the first European to discover the islands in 1778. James Cook was a British explorer and a Captain of the Royal Navy. He was born on November 7th, 1728 in England.
About Captain James Cook
He worked at a British merchant navy and later at the Royal Navy. He was actively involved in the Seven Years’ War. He was an expert on surveying and cartography, which led the Royal Society of London to appoint him in the survey of the Pacific Ocean. He participated in three pacific voyages. The first voyage took place from 1768 to 1769 where he reached the Australian continent and was the first ever European explorer to do so.
He died in Hawaii
His second voyage took place from 1772 to 1775 where he went far south, as far as Antarctica. His third voyage took place from 1776 to 1779 and that was when he discovered Hawaii. He named the island as “Sandwich Islands”. He visited Hawaii twice and was killed in a fight with the natives on his second visit to Hawaii on February 14th, 1779.
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