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Where Fate Beckons : The Life of Jean-Francois de la Perouse - John Dunmore

Where Fate Beckons

The Life of Jean-Francois de la Perouse

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Jean-Fran├žois De Galup, Comte De La Perouse is second only to James Cook in his historical significance and was the major explorer of the Pacific in the eighteenth century. Perouse's life has been the subject of prolonged study by John Dunmore, the acknowledged world expert, and this fresh and lively biography reveals the epic adventure of an extraordinary life. As a naval officer La Perouse captured two English forts in Hudson Bay in 1782 and was recognised by both sides for his courage and humanity. Three years later the King of France put him in charge of an expedition to rival James Cook's. Perouse's two 500 ton ships left France in August 1785 replete with a mathematician and three naturalists. They mapped the American north west from Alaska to California and the unknown seas north of Japan and the Siberian coast. During the voyage messengers were sent overland back to France with reports and discoveries. Just five days after the First Fleet landed at Botany Bay, Australia, La Perouse arrived and uneasy pleasantries were exchanged. Shortly after Perouse set sail towards the Solomon Islands and he and his ships were never seen again. A romantic man with the saddest marriage story, a great soldier, an inspired leader and a man with a mysterious end, Perouse's story has now finally come to light with this major new biography.

Prologue: 11 November 1826

PART 1: A TEENAGER AT WAR 1. Albi: 25 August 1741 2. Brest: December 1756-March 1757 3. A Teenager at War: April 1757-November 1759 4. The Slow End of a Disastrous War: January 1760-January 1763

PART 2: INTERLUDE 5. Marking Time: February 1763-December 1771

PART 3: DOWN IN THE INDIAN OCEAN 6. Arguments in the Isle de France: January-September 1772 7. Service in Indian Waters: April 1773-April 1774 8. Introducing Eleonore Broudou: May 1774-September 1776

PART 4: THE AMERICAN WAR 9. Back in France: May 1777-June 1778 10. The American Campaign Begins: July 1778-February 1780 11. The Struggle Continues: March 1780-April 1781 12. Triumphs and Defeats: April 1781-May 1782 13. The Hudson Bay Raid: May-November 1782

PART 5: FAMILY BUSINESS 14. Marriage at Last: April-October 1783

PART 6: THE GREAT VOYAGE 15. An Inquiry in Lorient and Plans in Paris: October 1783-May 1784 16. Paris: The Final Plans: September 1784-June 1785 17. South and North to Alaska: August 1785-June 1786 18. Alaska to California: July-September 1786 19. Across the Pacific to China and the Philippines: October 1786-March 1787 20. The Philippines to Kamchatka: April-September 1787 21. Kamchatka to Australia: October 1787-March 1788 22. Forty Years of Oblivion: 1788-1827

PART 7: THE UNENDING SEARCH

Epilogue La Perouse Commemorated Notes Select Bibliography Index

MAPS France British North America in the 1780s The West Indies Voyage of La Perouse La Perouse in Alaska La Perouse in North-East Asia Possible route of the expedition May-June 1788

ISBN: 9780908988532
ISBN-10: 0908988532
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 300
Published: 1st March 2006
Publisher: Exisle Publishing Limited
Country of Publication: NZ
Dimensions (cm): 23.4 x 15.3  x 10.0
Weight (kg): 0.9
Edition Number: 1