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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

Volume 1

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Part of Cambridge Library Collection - Maritime Exploration

  • Date Published: September 2017
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781108083331

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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 and learnt several Pacific languages. In 1826–7, through contacts in the Santa Cruz Islands, Dillon located the wrecks of La Perouse's Pacific expedition, unaccounted for since 1788. This later 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 two-volume 1829 publication, translated into French and Dutch the following year, Dillon tells the story of his sensational discovery. Volume 1 describes La Perouse's disappearance, Dillon's encounter (now disputed) with Fijian cannibals, and the first items identified from the wrecks. It also records his officially backed return to the wreck site, which was punctuated by violent quarrels, attempts at mutiny, and a stay in a Tasmanian jail.

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    • Date Published: September 2017
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781108083331
    • dimensions: 217 x 140 x 22 mm
    • weight: 0.51kg
    • contains: 1 b/w illus. 1 colour illus. 1 map
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    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.

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    Peter Dillon

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