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Voyage au Pôle Sud et dans lOcéanie sur les corvettes lAstrolabe et la Zélée: Exécuté par ordre du roi pendant les années 1837-1838-1839-1840 [Volume 1] Jules Dumont dUrville

Voyage au Pôle Sud et dans lOcéanie sur les corvettes lAstrolabe et la Zélée: Exécuté par ordre du roi pendant les années 1837-1838-1839-1840 [Volume 1]

Jules Dumont dUrville

Published April 27th 2012
ISBN : 9781108049887
Paperback
386 pages
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In 1836, the French King Louis-Philippe, enthusiastic for Southern Hemisphere exploration, supported M. J. Dumont dUrvilles plan for a circumnavigation focusing on the South Seas. DUrville (1790 1842) had already distinguished himself on twoMoreIn 1836, the French King Louis-Philippe, enthusiastic for Southern Hemisphere exploration, supported M. J. Dumont dUrvilles plan for a circumnavigation focusing on the South Seas. DUrville (1790 1842) had already distinguished himself on two Pacific expeditions and was eager to rival the achievements of James Cook. Between 1837 and 1840, the ships Astrolabe and Zelee explored the waters of the Antarctic area and Oceania in extremely harsh conditions: almost forty crew members died or deserted. However, dUrville discovered a new portion of the Antarctic coast, shed light on the ethnography of several Pacific islands and brought back multitudes of botanical specimens. His impressive contributions to the fields of geography, natural history and ethnography were gathered in this ten-volume work, published between 1841 and 1846. In Volume 1, published in 1841, dUrville recounts the perils of the journey from France to the Strait of Magellan, via Rio de Janeiro.