Captain Cook

Assessment

Directions: 

Use the background information, your knowledge of history, and the document to answer the questions that follow.

Background information: A New, Authentic, and Complete Collection of Voyages Round the World contains diary entries from famous British explorers of the 18th century. The source below comes from a section of the book in which Captain James Cook tells of his travels in the Pacific. 

Source: 

Title: A New, Authentic, and Complete Collection of Voyages Round the World
Author: James Cook
Date: 1786

Question 1: How is this document connected to the growth of mercantilism in Europe?

Question 2: How is this document connected to the colonization of Australia?

About the Assessment

Like Connections to the Philippine-American War, this assessment gauges students' knowledge of the past. Rather than measure whether students can simply recall decontextualized facts, this assessment requires students to make connections across time and construct an argument about how events are connected. Students with a strong sense of the past will be able to explain that the rise of mercantilism led to an increase in sea voyages funded by kingdoms who wished to expand trade to new regions. Strong students will also explain how Cook's voyages led to the establishment of British colonies in Australia.