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ESRI Story Map - James Cook and Cape York, Australia

In 1770 during Lieut James Cook's exploration of Australia's east coast, the vessel Endeavour ran aground on a coral reef offshore of southern Cape York, which he called 'The Labyrinth' - today known as the Great Barrier Reef.

james cookESRI Story Map - James Cook and Cape YorkCompare Cook's 1770 "Chart of Part of the Coast of New South Wales" (rotated and georeferenced) against the 3D depth model for the same area. The close match of land is remarkable considering the running survey conducted under sail.

Zoom into the ESRI Story Map and then swipe Cook's 1770 "Chart of Part of the Coast of New South Wales" over the 3D depth model for Cape York.

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