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Description - Where Fate Beckons by John Dunmore

After James Cook, La Perouse is undeniably the major explorer of the Pacific in the eighteenth century. Leaving France in 1785, his expedition spent two and a half years in the Pacific before vanishing totally after its departure from New South Wales in early 1788. The mystery of La Perouse's disappearance and its solution almost 40 years later have attracted considerable attention, at times overshadowing the accomplishments of the expedition. For example, it was the first to visit California, and the first to survey the almost unknown seas north of Japan and the coast of Siberia. This major new biography looks at La Perouse the man, his family background and early career, his years in the Indian Ocean, his part in the American War of Independence, and the sad romantic story of his marriage. It then follows him and his companions on his great voyage.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780908988532
ISBN-10: 0908988532
Format: Hardback
(234mm x 153mm x 100mm)
Pages: 300
Imprint: Exisle Publishing
Publisher: Exisle Publishing
Publish Date: 1-Jan-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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