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 DescriptionFrench explorer and naval officer Jean-Francois de la Perouse (1741 88) was, after James Cook, the greatest explorer of the Pacific in the eighteenth century. In 1785, La Perouse was commissioned by Louis XVI to head an expedition into the uncharted regions of the Pacific Ocean. Setting out from France, the expedition over the next three years was the first to map the coasts of California, Alaska, and Siberia. From there, La Perouse continued to Easter Island and Hawaii, where La Perouse Bay bears his name. After a stop in Botany Bay, Australia, La Perouse's two ships set out for the Solomon Islands. En route, they encountered a storm and were sunk; despite search efforts over the centuries, no trace of the wreckage of La Perouse's ships has been found."Where Fate Beckons" tells the story of La Perouse's life and adventures, along the way providing a lively introduction to the world of French colonialism, the end of the Age of Exploration, and French society in the years leading to the French Revolution."
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Book DetailsISBN: 9781602230033
Paperback / softback
(226mm x 156mm x 19mm)
Imprint: University of Alaska Press
Publisher: University of Alaska Press
Publish Date: 1-Feb-2008
Country of Publication: United States
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Jean-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. A romantic man, 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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Author Biography - John Dunmore
John Dunmore is professor emeritus of French at Massey University, New Zealand and has written more than twenty books on French navigation in the Pacific.
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