Voyages to the South Seas: In Search of Terres Australes

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Recounting the epic and often tragic journeys of French explorers--Bougainville, Laperouse, D'Entrecasteaux, Baudin, Freycinet, d'Urville, and others--to Australia, this account encompasses a remarkable period of French and Australian history, when for many years, by sheer weight of specimens and scientific documentation, Australia's biodiversity belonged to France. The changing society that launched these ambitious voyages is brought to life in a story of noble men impoverished by their passion, nobodies who made their ...

Voyages to the South Seas: In Search of Terres Australes 2007, Melbourne University

ISBN-13: 9780522852646

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