Anchorage residents seek statue removal of European explorer

    Statue of Captain James Cook in Anchorage. Photo credit to Alaska.org

    ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Some Alaska residents have questioned whether a statue of a British explorer in downtown Anchorage should be removed as monuments to historical figures are being dismantled across the country.

    The Anchorage Daily News reported that the statue is of Captain James Cook, who came to Alaska in 1778 in what is now known as Prince William Sound and Cook Inlet while searching for the Northwest Passage.

    Cook and his crew were credited with discovering land that was already inhabited by Indigenous people.

    Anchorage Mayor Ethan Berkowitz said Wednesday that he would like to modify the monument and use this opportunity as a teaching moment.

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