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Where Fate Beckons: The Life of Jean-Francois de La Perouse

John Dunmore

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ISBN 10: 0908988532 / ISBN 13: 9780908988532
Published by Exisle Publishing 2006 Hardcover, 2006
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The mystery of the disappearance of Jean François de La Pérouse in 1788 during his long voyage of discovery in the Pacific was solved almost 40 years later, yet it still fascinates people and expeditions continue to search for his body and the remains of his ships. What was it about this man that has exerted such an influence over so many generations? La Pérouse was born in the French town of Albi and became a naval cadet, serving in battle against the British in Canada and later in the American War of Independence. He rose steadily through the ranks, with extended periods of service in India, Mauritius and elsewhere in the Indian Ocean. It was during one of these episodes that he met Eléonore Broudou, who would wait many years to marry Jean-François, only to lose him a few months later when he embarked on his final voyage. The achievements of this Pacific expedition are second only to those of Captain Cook. La Pérouse was the first to explore the North American coast of Alaska and California, the first to survey the remote seas near Korea, and the first to venture to the isolated coast of Siberia. Heading south, La Pérouse led his expedition to Botany Bay, Sydney, where he spent some time making contact with the local Aborigines, before his fateful voyage into the unknown. It is now clear that his two ships were wrecked at Vanikoro in the Solomon Islands. John Dunmore is recognised as a world authority on La Pérouse and French navigation. This very readable book not only tells the story of an important and remarkable life but also provides a lively introduction to the world of French colonialism, exploration and society in the years leading up to the Revolution. ABOUT THE AUTHOR John Dunmore retired as Professor of French at Massey University in 1983 after a distinguished academic career. A world authority on French navigation in the Pacific, he has written more than 20 books on the subject. His latest book, From Venus to Antarctica, a biography of Dumount d'Urville, was published in 2007. Appointed a Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit in 2001, Professor Dunmore was also made a knight of the Legion of Honour by the French Government in 1976. 292 pages. Bookseller Inventory # 274808

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Title: Where Fate Beckons: The Life of ...

Publisher: Exisle Publishing 2006 Hardcover

Publication Date: 2006

Book Condition:Mint

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French explorer and naval officer Jean-François de la Pérouse (1741–88) was, after James Cook, the greatest explorer of the Pacific in the eighteenth century. In 1785, La Pérouse 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 Pérouse continued to Easter Island and Hawaii, where La Pérouse Bay bears his name. After a stop in Botany Bay, Australia, La Pérouse'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 Pérouse's ships has been found.
Where Fate Beckons tells the story of La Pérouse'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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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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