With Sarah Morley
The late-eighteenth to early-nineteenth centuries were peak periods for European voyages of discovery and exploration throughout the Pacific. The French played a major role, endeavouring to discover new territories, widening their colonial reach and pursuing their interests in scientific knowledge and natural history.
Join curator Sarah Morley to hear about several recently acquired journals. The manuscripts describe a series of French voyages over a 60-year period recording significant events and discoveries and providing context to our knowledge of the Pacific and the early history of colonisation. Voyages include Dumont Dúrville's second voyage of the Astrolabe (1837–40) written by Pierre Seurin and Rose de Freycinet's account onboard L'Uranie (1817–20).
Image: Les corvettes l'Astrolabe et la Zelee commandees par Dumont-Durville et Jacquinot; la corvette l'Astrolabe est arretee par une glace a la sortie de la Banquise, passages antarctiques, a fevrier 1838 / by Auguste Mayer
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