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Captain Cook observes in Tahiti the transit of Venus, the primary purpose of his voyage to the Pacific       
Hodges Tahiti Revisited (detail)
National Maritime Museum
Captain Cook sets off, in HMS Resolution, on his second voyage to the southern hemisphere       
Mourner's costume from Tahiti
Pitt Rivers Museum, Oxford
British explorer Captain James Cook is killed in a skirmish with natives in Hawaii over a stolen boat      
Fletcher Christian leads a mutiny on HMS Bounty against the captain, William Bligh        
Bligh's account in 1790 of the mutiny on the Bounty
National Archives, Kew

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An outbreak of measles in Fiji, brought to the islands by British visitors, kills a quarter of the population       
Medicine man, Australia
Wellcome Library, London
French artist Paul Gauguin travels to Tahiti and stays in the Pacific islands for most of the rest of his life      
The Hawaiian islands are made a US territory, five years after American involvement in the overthrow of the ruling dynasty      
US anthropologist Margaret Mead makes much of trouble-free sex among natives, in Coming of Age in Samoa, but her findings are subsequently disputed       
1941 December 7
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Without warning, 400 Japanese planes attack and destroy US warships at anchor in Pearl Harbor      
1942  March 8
The Japanese invasion of Papua signals the start of the three-year New Guinea campaign