Category Archives: cartography

Tahiti, James Cook, Joseph Banks, Mrs Morgan's Florilegium, Natalie Waddell, Prince Nassau-Siegen,

Strangers in Otaheite

On April 24, 1769, Joseph Banks and Daniel Solander went off to explore. They headed east away from the place where the Endeavour’s men had begun to establish Fort Venus at the northern tip of the island the locals called

Tahiti, James Cook, Joseph Banks, Mrs Morgan's Florilegium, Natalie Waddell, Prince Nassau-Siegen,

Strangers in Otaheite

On April 24, 1769, Joseph Banks and Daniel Solander went off to explore. They headed east away from the place where the Endeavour’s men had begun to establish Fort Venus at the northern tip of the island the locals called

James Cook, Joseph Banks, Sydney Parkinson, Tahiti, Mrs Morgan's Florilegium, Natalie Waddell, transit of Venus,

Remarkable Occurrences at Georges Island

On April 13, 1769, Captain James Cook and a select band of men who sailed with him aboard the Endeavour set foot on the sands of Tahiti for the first time. Their mission was to observe the transit of Venus

James Cook, Joseph Banks, Sydney Parkinson, Tahiti, Mrs Morgan's Florilegium, Natalie Waddell, transit of Venus,

Remarkable Occurrences at Georges Island

On April 13, 1769, Captain James Cook and a select band of men who sailed with him aboard the Endeavour set foot on the sands of Tahiti for the first time. Their mission was to observe the transit of Venus

Captain Cook, Tahiti, Endeavour, transit of Venus, Mrs Morgan's Florilegium, Natalie Waddell

Captain Cook’s first voyage – in Google Earth

Someone who knows far more about technology than I do has gone to the trouble of taking Captain Cook’s first voyage around the world and rendering it in Google Earth – complete with a 3D graphic model of his ship,

Captain Cook, Tahiti, Endeavour, transit of Venus, Mrs Morgan's Florilegium, Natalie Waddell

Captain Cook’s first voyage – in Google Earth

Someone who knows far more about technology than I do has gone to the trouble of taking Captain Cook’s first voyage around the world and rendering it in Google Earth – complete with a 3D graphic model of his ship,

transit of Venus, Venus, Tahiti, forilegium, Mrs Morgan's Florilegium

Charting Venus: a collection of transit maps

One example from a beautiful collection of historical maps and diagrams of past transits of Venus, the majority of which come from the work of Victorian astronomer Richard A. Proctor. For the full series in high resolution click here.

transit of Venus, Venus, Tahiti, forilegium, Mrs Morgan's Florilegium

Charting Venus: a collection of transit maps

One example from a beautiful collection of historical maps and diagrams of past transits of Venus, the majority of which come from the work of Victorian astronomer Richard A. Proctor. For the full series in high resolution click here.

On this day in 1761

On 17 January 1761, British astronomer Nevil Maskelyne set sail for St Helena – a lone speck of land in the Southern hemisphere from which he intended to observe the transit of Venus that was to take place on 6

On this day in 1761

On 17 January 1761, British astronomer Nevil Maskelyne set sail for St Helena – a lone speck of land in the Southern hemisphere from which he intended to observe the transit of Venus that was to take place on 6

The transit of Venus and the longitude problem – a brief(ish) history

The size of the solar system was one of the chief puzzles of 18th century science. Astronomers of the day knew that six planets – Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn – orbited the Sun (they had not yet

The transit of Venus and the longitude problem – a brief(ish) history

The size of the solar system was one of the chief puzzles of 18th century science. Astronomers of the day knew that six planets – Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn – orbited the Sun (they had not yet

On this day: Captain James Cook sets sail for Australia

Okay, so it was yesterday, but I’ve only just had time to post this. On 26 August 1768, The HMB Endeavour set sail from England’s Plymouth Harbour, under the command of Captain James Cook with the naturalist Joseph Banks also

On this day: Captain James Cook sets sail for Australia

Okay, so it was yesterday, but I’ve only just had time to post this. On 26 August 1768, The HMB Endeavour set sail from England’s Plymouth Harbour, under the command of Captain James Cook with the naturalist Joseph Banks also