Where Fate Beckons
The Life of Jean-Francois De La Perouse
By (author) John Dunmore
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Where Fate Beckons by John Dunmore
Book DescriptionJean-Francois De Galup, Comte De La Perouse is second only to James Cook in his historical significance and was the major explorer of the Pacific in the eighteenth century. Perouse's life has been the subject of prolonged study by John Dunmore, the acknowledged world expert, and this fresh and lively biography reveals the epic adventure of an extraordinary life. As a naval officer La Perouse captured two English forts in Hudson Bay in 1782 and was recognised by both sides for his courage and humanity. Three years later the King of France put him in charge of an expedition to rival James Cook's. Perouse's two 500 ton ships left France in August 1785 replete with a mathematician and three naturalists. They mapped the American north west from Alaska to California and the unknown seas north of Japan and the Siberian coast. During the voyage messengers were sent overland back to France with reports and discoveries. Just five days after the First Fleet landed at Botany Bay, Australia, La Perouse arrived and uneasy pleasantries were exchanged. Shortly after Perouse set sail towards the Solomon Islands and he and his ships were never seen again. A romantic man with the saddest marriage story, a great soldier, an inspired leader and a man with a mysterious end, Perouse's story has now finally come to light with this major new biography.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780908988532
(234mm x 153mm x 100mm)
Imprint: Exisle Publishing
Publisher: Exisle Publishing
Publish Date: 1-Mar-2006
Country of Publication: New Zealand
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Author Biography - John Dunmore
John Dunmore is Professor Emeritus of French at Massey University, New Zealand. In a long and distinguished academic career, he has written more than 20 books on French navigation in the Pacific, a subject on which he is an acknowledged authority. Professor Dunmore was made a knight of the Legion of Honour by the French Government in 1976, and an officer of the Ordre des Palmes Academiques in 1986. He was appointed a Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit in 2001.
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