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Possession Island

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Possession Island New Mapoon  Australia
Possession Island

As the ship sails west from Cape York, you’ll see a number of islands off the northern tip of the peninsula. It's a view much like the one Captain Cook saw in 1770 during his first voyage of discovery aboard the Endeavour. Among the small islands lying close to the mainland is the spot where Captain Cook claimed possession of Australia’s east coast in the name of King George III. Today, Possession Island is a national park—a monument and plaque commemorates the 1770 landing, though rights to the island have since been returned to the native Kaurareg people.