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Narrative and Successful Result of a Voyage in the South Seas

Narrative and Successful Result of a Voyage in the South Seas
Performed by Order of the Government of British India, to Ascertain the Actual Fate of La Pérouse's Expedition
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  • Date Published: September 2017
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  • isbn: 9781108083355

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  • Entrepreneurial, spirited and ambitious, Peter Dillon (1788–1847) spent much of his life as a trader and adventurer in the Pacific region. He learnt several Pacific languages and became familiar with the indigenous peoples of Fiji and the Society Islands. His shipping service between India and Australia provided transport for Samuel Marsden's first missionary voyage to New Zealand in 1814. In 1826–7, through contacts in the Santa Cruz Islands, Dillon located the wrecks of La Perouse's Pacific expedition, unaccounted for since 1788, and recovered articles from them. This earned him a knighthood and annuity from the French government. (La Perouse's despatches and La Billardière's account of an earlier search for the wrecks are also reissued in this series.) In this two-volume 1829 publication, which appeared in French and Dutch the following year, Dillon tells the story of his sensational discovery, accompanied by ethnographical descriptions of several Pacific nations.

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    • Date Published: September 2017
    • format: Multiple copy pack
    • isbn: 9781108083355
    • dimensions: 215 x 140 x 50 mm
    • weight: 1.08kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Volume 1: Preface
    Introduction
    1. Voyage in the South Seas
    2. Negociation with the government of British India
    3. Occurrences from Calcutta to Van Dieman's Land
    4. Occurrences at Van Dieman's Land
    5. Occurrences from Van Dieman's Land to Port Jackson
    6. Occurrences from Port Jackson to New Zealand
    7. Occurrences at New Zealand
    8. Occurrences from New Zealand to Tonga. Volume 2:
    1. Manners and customs of the Friendly Islands
    2. Occurrences from Tonga to the isle of Rothuma
    3. Occurrences at Mannicola
    4. Occurrences after leaving Mannicola
    5. Occurrences from Queen Charlotte's Island to New Zealand
    6. Occurrences from New Zealand to Port Jackson
    7. Arrival at Calcutta, and occurrences there
    8. Voyage to Europe
    Appendix.

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    Peter Dillon

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