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The St. Louis County Library Foundation’s Westfall Politics & History Series Presents
Historian Hampton Sides

Author of “The Wide Wide Sea: Imperial Ambition, First Contact, and the Fateful Final Voyage of Captain James Cook”

Presented in partnership with the Missouri History Museum

Missouri History Museum - Lee Auditorium
5700 Lindell Blvd, St. Louis, MO 63112
Doors open at 6:00 p.m.

Join us at 5:00-6:30 pm for Happy Hour and explore the museum’s exhibits. Visit the Historians’ Corner for pop-up presentations by Museum educators. Food and drinks available for purchase from Key Bistro.

Acclaimed historian Hampton Sides shares an epic account of the most momentous voyage of the Age of Exploration. 1776: Captain James Cook, already lionized as the greatest explorer in British history, set off on his ship the HMS Resolution. Two-and-a-half years later, on a beach on the island of Hawaii, Cook was killed in a conflict with native Hawaiians. How did Cook, who was unique among captains for his respect for Indigenous peoples and cultures, come to that fatal moment? At once a ferociously-paced story of adventure on the high seas and a searching examination of the complexities and consequences of the Age of Exploration, “The Wide Wide Sea” is a major work from one of our finest narrative nonfiction writers.

Books available for purchase from Left Bank Books.

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Tuesday, April 16, 2024
6:30 p.m.