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James Cook Biography


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  • James Cook (born January 7, 1974) is a former Australian rules footballer who played for Carlton, the Western Bulldogs and Melbourne in the Australian Football League (AFL).
  • Cook: English navigator who claimed the east coast of Australia for Britain and discovered several Pacific islands (1728-1779)
  • Captain James Cook FRS RN ( – 14 February 1779) was a British explorer, navigator and cartographer, ultimately rising to the rank of Captain in the Royal Navy.
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Painting of Peter Quivey and the Mountain Lion
Painting of Peter Quivey and the Mountain Lion
Born about 1807 possibly Syracuse, Onondaga, New York Died 28 January 1869 at Santa Clara County California ________________________________________ Biography "Peter Quivey was a native of New York, born at Syracuse, in 1807, and was reared there to the age of eighteen years." 1 "Peter Quivey in 1825 left the State of New York, where he as born, and went to the State of Kentucky. He married in 1832 in the latter State, and about four years thereafter he removed to Indiana."2 "He married Sarah McConnell, a member of one of the old Kentucky families, and a native of Frankfort. He was a slave-holder, and when, in 1841, he removed to Missouri, he took with him a man and a woman servant. They resided in the neighborhood of Independence until 1846, when they became members of a party which started across the plains for the Pacific Coast, and which afterward became historic as the Donner party. One evening, while encamped on the banks of the Humboldt River, a large party of Indians attempted to drive off their cattle, and a fight ensued, during which a large number of the red men were killed. One of the whites, Benjamin Lippincott, was shot through both knees, but he pulled the arrow out in a proper manner and recovered. Another man, Mrs. Salle, who was shot, pulled the arrow backward, and his death resulted. One of the party, A.J. Grayson, lost all his cattle, but they were afterward recovered, some of them with arrows in them. By pushing forward on Sundays and nights, Mr. Quivey's family, and others, got a long distance ahead of the Donner party, and reached California seven months in advance of them. They stopped at Sutter's Fort, and from there Mr. Quivey went with Fremont to fight the Mexicans, and helped to raise the American flag at Monterey."1 The following newspaper article appeared in THE GAZETTE of St. Joseph Missouri in 1847. It was entitled "Emigration To California". "The Western Expositor, contains a letter by Peter Quivvey, of Jackson County, Missouri, who went out last year with a company of emigrants to California. This letter is dated on the 24th of March last, at Lower Puebla. We condense an account of it, which we copy: The writer arrived at the first settlement in California on the 14th of October, after a very long and tiresome journey. Very soon after their arrival in California, hearing of the revolution, and that the American colors were raised, these emigrants enlisted as volunteers in a regiment under Col. Fremont, with the promise of twenty five dollars per month - sargents thirty five. He speaks very favorably of the country over which he has passed, and says, that if he were now back in Missouri with his family, and with his present knowledge of the country, he would not hesitate to move there. The charms of the country must be very great to counterbalance the difficulties there, and of which he gives some account in this letter. He went out with Moran and Boon, who changed their minds on route and went to Oregon. Gov. Boggs reached California, about the same time Mr. Quivvey did, after much difficulty, having lost his cattle. A party of emigrants, who went out, or started, with Col. Russell, suffered almost incredible hardships in the mountains last winter, having been prevented from crossing them by snow. This company composed of twenty-three wagons and left Indian Creek on the 13th day of May 1846. About a month previous to the date of the letter, five women and two men arrived at Capt. Johnson's, the first house of California settlements, entirely naked, and their feet frost-bitten. They stated, that their company had arrived at Truckey's Lake, on the east side of the mountains, and found the snow so deep that they could not travel. Fearing starvation, sixteen of the strongest (eleven males and five females) agreed to start for the settlements on foot. After wandering about a number of days, bewildered, their provisions gave out. Long hunger made it necessary to cast lots to see who should be sacrificed, to make food for the rest, but at this time the weaker began to die, which rendered the taking of life unnecessary. As they died, the company went into camp and made meat of the dead bodies of their companions. Nine of the men died and seven were eaten. One of the men was carried to Johnson's on the back of an Indian. From this statement, it would seem that the women endured the hardships better than the men, as none of them died. The company left behind numbered sixty souls, ten of them men, the other women and children. They were in camp about one hundred miles from Johnson's. Revolting as it may seem, it is stated that one of the women was obliged to eat part of the dead body of her father and brother, and another saw her husband's heart cooked. It ought to be a very fine country to justify an exposure to such sufferings and horrors. Benjamin Hudspeth had been appointed Captain of a company in the California Battalion,
Currently Reading
Currently Reading
Throughout the trip I have been consuming one book after another. I set out to make the trip more interesting by reading books about the places we plan to visit and to varying degrees I've succeeded in that so far. I started by leaving home with one-third read "Blink" by Malcolm Gladwell. The first international book was chosen in a bookshop in New Zealand on a bit of a whim. I went in considering a book about Capt. James Cook and left with the book "Genghis Khan" by John Man. I read this book aloud to Sachi while in our rented campervan and we both enjoyed it immensely. We knew so little about the legendary man before and now we're hoping to see the Mongolian steppe (Ghengis' home) later this summer. Next we bought a couple of smaller books in Australia (not a cheap place to buy books): A Travellers History of Japan and a book of memoirs of survivors of the Khmer Rouge in Cambodia. Both short and interesting reads, but nothing to write home about. Oops. Taking a break from non-fiction, I then read Barrel Fever by David Sedaris, who consistently makes me laugh out loud and inspires me to try more satirical writing. Following that was a short book that sparked an interest in me that I didn't expect: Ben Franklin's autobiography. Short and frank, I found myself wanting it to be longer or more complete. A book that was perfect for being in the tsunami-affected region was "Krakatoa", by Simon Winchester. A truly interesting event in history that I enjoyed learning about very much. Did you know that the shock wave of Krakatoa's volcanic explosion rippled around the earth 7 times? Back on the Cambodia tip, I read "The Lost Executioner" by Nic Dunlop, which was about his search the commander of Tuol Sleng, the famous Cambodian death prison during the Khmer Rouge reign. I have a fascination with modern Cambodian history and plan to read a Pol Pot biography soon. Just tonight I'm celebrating the finish of a book that is sitting unread at home in hardcover form: "Collapse" by Jared Diamond. I read his Pulitzer Prize winning "Guns, Germs and Steel" a while back and said that it made me smarter than any book I'd ever read before - particularly regarding the creation of civilization in the last 10,000 years. Collapse is equally as informative and focused on what has undone civilizations in the past. I would recommend this book for travelers interested in environmental conservation issues. Smart guy that Diamond- I'm a fan. Just last night I bought "1776- America and Britain at War" by David McCullough. The abrupt and pre-war end of Ben Franklin's autobiography whetted my appetite I'm sure. Sachi also bought "Under the Banner of Heaven" by John Krakauer, which is about the creepy side of mormonism. I'm sure l'll read that too. If anyone is looking at these books and saying "I know some books Lee would like AND would be popular enough to find around world" please do let me know.

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