Dumont d’Urville: Explorer & Polymath

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Dumont d’Urville: Explorer & Polymath

ISBN: 9781877578700
Authors(s): Edward Duyker

About Dumont d’Urville: Explorer & Polymath:

Explorer Jules-Sebastien-Cesar Dumont d’Urville (1790-1842) is sometimes called France’s Captain Cook. Born less than a year after the beginning of the French Revolution, he lived through turbulent times. He was an erudite polymath: a maritime explorer fascinated by botany, entomology, ethnography and the diverse languages of the world. As a young ensign he was decorated for his pivotal part in France’s acquisition of the famous Venus de Milo. D’Urville’s voyages and writings meshed with an emergent French colonial impulse in the Pacific. In this magnificent biography Edward Duyker reveals that D’Urville had secret orders to search for the site for a potential French penal colony in Australia. He also effectively helped to precipitate pre-emptive British settlement on several parts of the Australian coast. D’Urville visited New Zealand in 1824, 1827 and 1840.

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No of pages: 664
Published as: Hardback
Genre: war book, war story books, war books