Death of Captain Cook

February 14, 1779
Kealakekua Bay, Hawaii
Captain James Cook is killed

Cook had decided to kidnap and random the King, Kalani’ōpu’u, in an attempt to repair his damaged ship. The king went willingly at first, until his people insisted he stay, making him realize Cook was an enemy.

Cook was struck in the head with a club, falling with his face in the sand, and then stabbed to death. Despite his rash decision to kidnap the king, the villagers still held cook in high esteem, and processed his body as they would a person of honor, but disemboweling him, baking his flesh to help remove the bones, then cleaning the bones to turn them into a religious icon.


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