Captain Cook takes British possession of Australia (35 words)

Historical Context Note

  • Editors
  • The Literary Encyclopedia. Volume 9.1.1: Australian Writing and Culture.


After having landed in April a wide bay about 16 kilometres south of the present city of Sydney, which he called Botany Bay, Captain Cook claims the eastern coast of New Holland (Australia) for Great Britain.

Editors. "Captain Cook takes British possession of Australia". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 01 January 2010
[, accessed 27 October 2016.]