De La Pérouse, Jean-François De Galaup ___ 1741-1788 ___ French ___ sailor explorer

BIOGRAPHICAL SUMMARY
Jean François de Galaup was born in Albi, on the banks of the river Tarn, and educated at the local Jesuit college, before training at the naval college in Brest. Around this time he inherited some property and took on the appellation de De La Pérouse. He fought in the Seven Years' War (1756-1763). For a while, he was stationed at Ile de France (Mauritius) where he met his future wife, Eleonore Broudou. Around 1780, he was promoted to commodore, and gained naval successes off the Canadian coast at Louisbourg, Nova Scotia, in 1781, and Hudson's Bay in 1782. He was then chosen for a major exploration of the Pacific Ocean. With two frigates 'La Boussole' and 'L'Astrolabe' he left Brest in 1785. His journey took him to Brazil, Chile, the Sandwich Islands, Alaska, California, Macao, the Philippines, Korea, Japan, and finally Siberia. From Siberia, De La Perouse's journals and maps were dispatched home. Thereafter, the expedition sailed to the southern Pacific. Some of the crew were killed on the Samoa Islands, but the expedition made it to Botany Bay in Australia. Setting sail once more, De La Perouse and all his crew were never heard of again. It seems, from evidence collected later, that he and all the crew were killed on one of the Santa Cruz islands.
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DIARY DATES, CONTENT DESCRIPTORS
1785-1788 ___ maritime exploration Brazil US Philippines Japan Russia

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The Journal of Jean-Francois de la Perouse 1785-1788
Life in a California Mission
 

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