Atlas du voyage de La Perouse (Atlas of the voyage of La Perouse)


Australian National Maritime Museum

Australian National Maritime Museum

This is the Atlas of charts accompanying four volumes presenting the official record of the La Perouse expedition. The expedition departed from France in 1785 and arrived in Petropavlovsk, Russia in September 1787. It then sailed to Botany Bay and encountered the British 'First Fleet', bringing the first Europeans to settle in Australia. In March 1788, La Perouse journeyed north-west into the Pacific never to be seen or heard of again; his ships were wrecked off Vanikoro where they remained undetected until 1827.

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  • Title: Atlas du voyage de La Perouse (Atlas of the voyage of La Perouse)
  • Creator: Milet-Mureau
  • Date: 1797, 1797
  • Location: Paris
  • Type: Book
  • Significance: This is an important cartographic record of La Perouse's Pacific voyage and an insight into the places visited and people he encountered on the expedition. Although the La Perouse voyage ended in disaster, the four volumes and accompanying Atlas are illustrative of the very significant contribution this French expedition made to the history of Pacific exploration.
  • See institution's online collections: http://www.anmm.gov.au/collections
  • Medium: Ink on paper
  • Dimensions: 635 x 470 x 30 mm, 5.2 kg
  • Credit line: ANMM Collection

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