What Did Captain Cook Discover?

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Captain Cook was an English explorer who accidentally discovered the Hawaiian islands while attempting to discover a northern passage that led between the Pacific and North Atlantic Oceans. He was killed when relations with the Hawaiian natives became hostile and a battle between them and his crew took place.

At the initial discovery, Captain Cook's crew traded iron from their ships for Hawaiian goods before returning to their voyage. During the return voyage, the crew stopped at the islands once more. The crew made port during a sacred Hawaiian festival, which led the natives to believe Cook and his crew were gods, until one of them died, proving their mortality. Their relations became strained until a battle took place, in which Captain Cook and several of his crew were killed before the rest of his men escaped the islands.