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by John Dunmore

Download Where Fate Beckons: The Life of Jean-Francois de la Perouse epub
ISBN: 0733316468
ISBN13: 978-0733316463
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Author: John Dunmore
Language: English
Publisher: ABC Books; First Edition edition (2006)
ePUB size: 1203 kb
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Rating: 4.4
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La Pérouse's story deserves to be better known. This book takes the reader a long way towards that objective. Moreover, it's a genuine "ripping yarn", and is well told by this author. Rigorous referencing is practised, which makes it so much easier for the reader to continue his/her own further research. Probably the best book in English, dealing with the life of la Pérouse. Recommended!
Jean-Francois de La Perouse was an important successor to Cook in the exploration of the Pacific. Regretably, La Perouse's 1785-88 expedition ended in disaster, with both ship destroyed in a tropical cyclone in the Solomon Islands. La Perouse was a French Naval officer who saw action in the Seven Years War against Britain, who emerged from that period with a reputation as a skilled navigator and surveyor and with the respect of many in both France and England for his humanity toward opponents. Born 13 years after Cook, he was still a young officer when the great explorer began his exploration of the Pacific. By the time La Perouse was appointed to lead a French voyage of exploration in 1785, most of the big geographical questions - excepting, of course, the possibilty of a Northwest Passage - had been answered. Nonetheless, there were many details still to be resolved and a great deal of science to be done. In preparation for the voyage, La Perouse not only received help from those is France best able to give it but, also, from influential people in England and elsewhere who understood what needed to be done. Among these was Joseph Banks, who sailed as botantist with Cook on the first voyage and became President of the Royal Society in 1778. "Where Fate Beckons" is well written and a good read. Highly recommended to those interested in the exploration of the Pacific and in the French and British Navies of the late 18th century.