On the banks of the Endeavour River, in Cooktown, there is an interpretive plaque that says the James Cook and the local aborigines reconciled in 1770.
Was it a reconciliation of convenience? Cook had a damaged ship that needed repair. Or was he open to a deeper understanding.
I’m a great admirer of James Cook, – three circumnavigations of the world before his death at 51 in Hawaii.
And know I can learn much from our indigenous culture, it’s spirituality and understanding of place and the land.
In Cape York the two came together.