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La Perouse

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La Perouse : T.Woolnoth (engr.)

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Jean-Francois de Galaup, comte de La Perouse, was a French explorer and navy officer whose expedition vanished in Oceania. Appointed by Louis XVI in 1785, La Perouse's mission was to further explore the Pacific (following Cook); record ethnographical, economic and political points of interest, and establish French colonies if possible. The expedition travelled through Chile, the Sandwich Islands, Alaska, East Asia, Samoa and Australia. Here he met with Captain Arthur Phillip's colony at Botany Bay. Valuable written documents from the expedition, including charts, were sent back to Europe with a British vessel; La Perouse and his crew were never seen again. Smoke signals were seen in the Santa Cruz islands in 1793, but a rescue mission could not be launched due to the hazardous reefs surrounding the island. La Perouse is commemorated by a class of hydrographic survey ships in the French navy.
mapmaker: T.Woolnoth (engr.)
place and date of publication: London
medium and colour: steel plate, Uncoloured
size in mm: 200 x 105
ref: 37499

Price: £ 80

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