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Upon entering this Web exhibition from the UK Natural History Museum, you can follow along on the first Pacific voyage of the Endeavour, commanded by Captain James Cook. The Endeavour's scientific expedition, lasting from August 1768 until July 1771, had several aims; one of these was to collect plant and animal specimens, organized by Canadian naturalist Joseph Banks (1743 - 1820). Several artists were on the ship, including Sydney Parkinson (1745 - 1771; Parkinson died from a fever aboard the ship in January 1771) who made the first drawings of the plant specimens encountered and collected. In the Web exhibition, the Endeavour's route is plotted on a map, and clicking on any of its collecting stops - Australia, Brazil, Java, Madeira, New Zealand, the Society Islands, and Tierra del Fuego - will retrieve images of plants found in each place. Size is not indicator of quantity, at least in the Web exhibit - clicking the large country of Brazil only reveals 10 specimens, while the almost-invisible-on-the-map Society Islands have 30 specimens to view.
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