This is a very early explorer’s map of the Hawaiian Islands, tracking the route of the third and final voyage of the famous Captain James Cook. Cook’s third voyage belongs in the pantheon of history’s greatest voyages of discovery, and Hawaii stands at the center of the narrative. Indeed it was here that Cook met his demise, at Karakakooa Bay; modern-day Kealakekua Bay, located on the Kona coast of the island of Hawaii about 12 miles south of Kailua-Kona. The bay is featured in a large inset in the lower left corner of the map.
This map was published in Rigobert Bonne’s Atlas Supplement, but was created by either Henry Roberts or William Bligh, both members of Cook’s expedition. This illustrious and early connection makes this an important map for any collection of Hawaiiana.