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The Journal of Jean-François de Galaup de la Pérouse, 1785 1788

Door John Dunmore

Ontdekkingsreizen & Expedities
The Journal of Jean-François de Galaup de la Pérouse, 1785 1788
Dunmore, John (edited by)
Gebonden hardcover met stofomslag
London, The Hakluyt Society
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1994-1995; Hakluyt Society, Second Series No. 179 & 180. Cloths with dust jackets. ISBN 0904180387 & ISBN 0904180395; ccxl,613pp.
During the second half of the 18th century, Britain and France despatched a number of major expeditions to the Pacific. The greatest contribution by far was that of James Cook, but the voyages of Bougainville, Surville and Marion du Fresne had each played an important part in Pacific exploration. After Cook's death, France, with the active support of Louis XVI, organized a large-scale expedition to the Pacific, planned to last four years, concentrating on areas of the Pacific left unexplored or inadequately explored by Cook. It was to be led by an experienced and highly-regarded naval officer, Galaup de La Perouse. All the major French scientific societies and savants of the times co-operated in drawing up the instructions and, overseas, such men as Joseph Banks willingly assisted. La Pero... (Lees verder)use sailed with two ships, the Boussole and the Astrolabe, in August 1785, making for Tenerife, Brazil and Chile. He went on to Easter Island, the Hawaiian group and the northwest coast of America, endeavouring to complete the work of James Cook. The French spent some time in California, the first foreign visitors to the new Spanish missions. They then crossed the Pacific to China, sailed north to the Philippines and Formosa, and to the unknown waters around Korea, Sakhalin and Kamchatka. Having received new instructions, La Perouse sailed south towards the Samoan group and to Botany Bay in New South Wales where he arrived on 26 January 1788, a few days after Captain Phillip and the First Fleet. He left on the 10 March on the first leg of the voyage. At this point, the expedition vanished. The disappearance of the two French frigates was a mystery that remained unsolved for almost 40 years. Meanwhile, an account of the expedition had been published, based on La Perouse's journal which had been sent back from various ports of call. It contained his comments on his discoveries and on the various settlements he visited, and a wealth of information on native people, their customs and language, and reports by the naturalists on board his ships. The first volume contains over 200 pages of editorial introduction and the annotated narrative of the first half of the voyage, from Brest to the Philippines.
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