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29 April, 1771

 

On 29 April, 1771, James Cook wrote “In the AM cross'd the line of our first Meredean, viz. that of Greenwich having now circumnavigated the Globe in a west direction”.

 

Joseph Banks wrote “This day we crossd our first meridian [Greenwich] and Compleated the Circumnavigation of the Globe [i.e. sailed over 360 degrees of longitude], in doing which we as usual lost a day which I should upon this occasion have expended properly had not I Lost it the second time I know not how in my irregular journal at the Cape”.

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