Just Canoes

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Title

Just Canoes

Subject

Imperialism

Description

The text of the page I chose describes Cook’s observations of the canoes of the New Zealand natives. He comments on the sleek and slim design of the boats while acknowledging how practical they are, being able to fit numerous men and weaponry. Furthermore, he admires the incredible detail and design efforts that have gone into sculpting each canoe as well as the delicately crafted designs on the canoe paddles. What is interesting about this yet unsurprising, is that Cook spends a great deal of time admiring and observing the canoes. He draws references to the British navy which he was a member of which made sense; the Royal Navy was seen as a naval superpower and people always like to compare what they are good at with how other people rank in that area. I believe that Cook finds these canoes stunning and shocking because of how they compare to the large, bare bones British naval vessels.

USC Archives & Special Collections: Call # 910.4.H392a

Creator

John Hawkesworth

Source

An account of the voyages undertaken by the order of His present Majesty: for making discoveries in the Southern Hemisphere

Publisher

London : Printed for W. Strahan and T. Cadell

Date

1773

Contributor

Chris Cho

Rights

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Relation

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Language

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Type

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Identifier

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Coverage

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Files

Cook.jpg

Citation

John Hawkesworth, “Just Canoes ,” Early Modern Europe @ USC , accessed September 25, 2017, http://uscearlymodern.omeka.net/items/show/32.