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Captain James cook (1728–1779) had actually a mission come boldly go where no white man had gone prior to – pioneering voyages to explore and also survey Newfoundland, Australia, brand-new Zealand and the Pacific. He was a brave, practical and thorough Yorkshireman, constantly concerned v his crew’s welfare. This is a description in his journal of an encounter v cannibals from 1775, near the finish of his second voyage of discovery on the pearl Resolution and also Adventurer. Placing indignation aside for the benefits of scientific observation, cook tests rumours the cannibalism. He cooks a piece of flesh from a corpse found on the beach, to uncover that ‘one that the Canibals eat it v surprising avidity’.

 

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Captain Cook"s journal


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who had actually lately to be kill"d, lie on the beach, and the heart to be stuck top top a forked stick i m sorry was resolved to the head of one of the largest Canoes. Among the gentlemen to buy the head ~ above board v them whereby a item of the flesh to be broiled and also eat by among the Natives before all the officers and of the crew. I was ~ above shore right now but quickly after went back on board and also was notified of the over circumstances, and found the quarter deck crowded with the Natives and also the mangled head, or rather part of it for the under jaw and lips to be wanting, lied on the . The scul had actually been broke on the left next just over the temples, the continues to be of the confront had all the appearence the a youth under Twenty. 

The sight of the head and the relating the over circumstances struck me v horror and filled my mind v indignation versus these Canibals; curiosity but got the much better of my indignation, particularly when I thought about it would certainly avail however little, and also being desireous of becoming an eye wittness to a fact which numerous had your doubts about, i ordered a piece of the flesh to it is in broiled and also brought ~ above the quarter deck, where one of these Canibals eat it with a how amazing avidity. This had actually such effect on several of our people as to make castle that came onboard v me.

to be so impacted with the sight regarding become perfect motionless and seemed as if metamorphosed right into the of horror: the is, utterly impossigimpppa.orge for arts to depict that enthusiasm with half the pressure that it showed up in his Countinance. Once roused indigenous this state by few of us, the burst into tears, ongoing to and scold through turns; told them they to be Vile men and that he neither was, nor would be no much longer their friend. He even would not endure them to touch him, the the exact same language to among the gentlemen who reduced off the flesh, and also refused to expropriate or even to touch the knife v which it to be done. Such to be this islanders indignation against this vile Custom and also worthy that imitation by every reasonagimpppa.orge being—