James cook was born on 27 october 1728 in a small village near middlesbrough in yorkshire his father was a farm worker at the age of 17 cook moved to the coast settling in whitby and finding . Captain james cooks explorations of australia and new zealand after 1770 were in part an exercise in private enterprise and scientific inquiry nonetheless british settlement of australia at new south wales began in 1787 in part because the mother country needed another repository for transported convicts. Captain cook killed in hawaii on february 14 1779 captain james cook the great english explorer and navigator is murdered by natives of hawaii during his third visit to the pacific island group. Captain james cooks last stop was in february 1779 at the sandwich islands hawaii where he was killed in a fight with islanders over the theft of a boat cooks explorations dramatically increased european knowledge of the world
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