James Cook's 11 years sailing around the Pacific Ocean contributed much to European knowledge of the area.
When not at sea, James Cook settled in the East End of London.
Captain James Cook, FRS (October 27, 1728 – February 14, 1779), was an English explorer, navigator and cartographer.
James Cook was born in relatively humble circumstances at Marton in North Yorkshire, which today is within the town of Middlesbrough.
James Cook University Hospital, a teaching hospital in Marton, Middlesbrough was also named after the local explorer.
The first post-secondary education institution in North Queensland, Australia was named after the discoverer, with James Cook University opening in Townsville in 1970.