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Captain Cook's shoe buckles

Student activities

Task no. 1

Captain Cook's shoe buckles

These fancy buckles clipped onto the top of Captain Cook’s shoe. Cook wore these buckles on his shoes when he was presented to King George III of England in 1775. 

  • Draw a design for the shoe that Captain Cook wore when he met the King.
  • Include the shoe buckles in the design.
  • Remember that the design has to suit the person and the time (over 200 years ago)
  • Write words to describe 
    • The colour of the shoe
    • The material of the shoe 
Shoe buckles from family of James Cook, for court wear,
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