While Bougainville’s expedition sailed in the South Pacific, a rumor spread through the two ships that Bougainville eventually had to investigate. A servant appeared smooth skinned, had a feminine shape, and took strict precautions not to be seen while changing clothing.
“When I came on board,” wrote Bougainville, “Bare, with her face bathed in tears, owned to me that she was a woman … that well she knew when she embarked that we were going around the world, and that such a voyage had raised her curiosity.” By disguising herself as a man, Bare became the first woman to circumnavigate the world.
Cook’s voyages throughout the Pacific Ocean added vastly to Europeans’ geographic knowledge. His map, created in the mid-1700s, showed details of his routes and explorations.