August 21, 1770 CE – James Cook Declares Eastern Australia for Great Britain

August 21, 1770 CE – James Cook Declares Eastern Australia for Great BritainRate this post *Image Credit: Wikimedia Commons Charged by the Royal Society in 1766 with recording the transit of Venus across the sun, Lieutenant James Cook took on one of the longest voyages a European had faced up to that point in history. After nearly two years on the seas and several months of planning, Cook arrived at the eastern coast of modern Australia and claimed it for England on August 21st, 1770. In the first of his three expeditions to the South Pacific, Cook managed to be the first man from western Europe to lay eyes upon […]