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Dutch explorer Abel Tasman, for
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Captain James Cook was the first
y Br y a n He n r y
whom Tasmania is named, was the first mariner to cross both the Arctic and the
westerner to circumnavigate Australia Antarctic Circles in the Pacific Ocean.
and demonstrate that it was an island
continent, in the mid-1600s.
English explorer Captain James
Captain James Cook drew up the
Cook introduced the word tattoo in his
first modern map of the Pacific Ocean in
The Great Barrier Reef is a chain
diary of 1769 in an account of a voyage
the late 1700s.
of more than 2,500 smaller reefs. Most
from 1768 to 1771, and also gave us
of the reef was formed in the last two
the word taboo. Tattoo comes from
Peter the Great, Russian emperor
million years, but parts are 25 million
Polynesian languages such as Tahitian or
who reigned from 1682 to 1725,
years old.
Samoan. Sailors introduced the custom
founded the navy and created the flags
of tattooing in Europe from the Pacific
of Imperial Russia.
Charles Darwin was the first person
around this time, and it has remained
to explain how coral reefs were formed.
associated with sailors.
Fletcher Christian, leader of the
mutiny on the Bounty, had an older
brother, Edward, who was a jurist and
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The destroyer USS Terry became the
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aviator at sea when its crew plucked John
McCurdy from the waters between Key
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ditched his plane on January 30, 1911.
At the Battle of Midway in June
1942, the Japanese had their first naval
setback in the Pacific since 1592, when
they were whipped by the Koreans.
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The “graveyard shift” was coined
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During World War II, the United
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