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Alexander Selkirk, the inspiration for Robinson Crusoe, is discovered on a Pacific island where he has survived alone for nearly five years      
Fleet marriage of original Robinson Crusoe, c.1718
National Archives, Kew
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Easter Island is reached by the Dutch, beginning a spate of European discovery in the islands of the Pacific      
Hodges Monuments on Easter Island (detail)
National Maritime Museum
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Captain James Cook sails from Plymouth, in England, heading for Tahiti to observe the transit of Venus       
Banks collection, fish, c.1770
Natural History Museum, London

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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 reaches New Zealand and sets off to chart its entire coastline      
Hodges Dusky Bay, New Zealand (detail)
National Maritime Museum
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Captain Cook reaches the mainland of Australia, at a place which he names Botany Bay, and continues up the eastern coast       
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      
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Joseph Banks tells a committee of the House of Commons that the east coast of Australia is suitable for the transportation of convicted felons       
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The First Fleet (eleven ships carrying about 750 convicts) leaves Portsmouth for Australia