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It’s James Cook’s ship. And Australia snatches the discovery from Usa-

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The English explorer’s ship Endeavor is (possibly) located in the depths of Rhode Island, but American experts have raised doubts

There are two chefs in the history of exploration. It is difficult to determine which was the most important: The first was James Cook, an 18th century English explorer, who, with his ship Endeavor, revealed the secrets of the Pacific Ocean to Australia and mapped the first maps of New Zealand. The second was Frederick Cook, an American of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, to whom the kindness of history (belatedly) recognized this fact. It first reached the North Pole on April 21, 1908. Now a wreck has been identified on the sea floor off Newport, near Rhode Island in the United States, after 22 years of archaeological investigations: “It’s HMS Endeavor, James Cook’s ship.” To say they are the Australians from the Australian National Maritime Museum Who, for obvious reasons, feels very close to Cook, despite the fact that the British long ago made Australia a penal colony. It is a legendary ship, like the HMS Beagle on which Charles Darwin traveled. Or the endurance of Ernest Shackleton who miraculously saved all of her crew who were forced to live for three years in Polo.

But not everyone agrees: American experts from Rhode Island raised doubts and expressed their displeasure. And there’s a reason: Many historians have already suspected that the ship Cook used between 1768 and 1779 was sunk by the British themselves right off Newport during the American Revolution. In the area there are many shipwrecks dating back to that time. And the suspect actually had a name: RI 2394. Hence the disappointment of the Americans in Newport to discover them within an inch of their noses: Endeavor was also the name of a space shuttle spacecraft It is such a part of American history that Cook also came to Hawaii.

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But it is precisely from the structural analysis of this wreck Australian experts are convinced they’ve found the affirmation: “Everything matches.” We still have plans for Endeavor. And Cook himself left his famous diaries (actually unread, as well as Shackleton, and not out of inexperience: they were notebooks, not novels).

It is certainly not the first detective story in the explorations: Alleged mystery related to the remains of Christopher Columbus Which, according to the Dominican Republic, whose first ruler was a son of Columbus, will remain in place. In fact, historical documentation leads us to exactly where we know the tomb of the Genoese navigator is: in Seville. But also in the second cook there is yellow: He was long credited as the first Arctic Berry man who arrived in April 1909, hastened to announce that to The New York Times (While Cook quietly returned.) On the other hand, that Norwegian news prompted Roald Amundsen to aim for the South Pole as he certainly arrived first on December 14, 1911. The Norwegians did not want to take the risk: his ship, the Fram, has a museum dedicated to Oslo.

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