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Laperouse   By: (1867-1939)

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Laperouse by Ernest Scott is an engaging and thought-provoking historical account that sheds light on the life and voyage of Jean-Fran├žois de Galaup, Comte de Laperouse, a renowned French explorer. Scott masterfully crafts a narrative that combines meticulous research and vivid storytelling, transporting readers back to the eighteenth century.

One aspect that stands out in Laperouse is the author's ability to capture the essence of exploration during this era. Scott offers a detailed exploration of the motivations and challenges faced by Laperouse, as he embarks on his monumental journey to chart the uncharted territories of the Pacific and ultimately circumnavigate the globe. Through the author's meticulous attention to detail, readers gain an intimate understanding of the obstacles Laperouse and his crew encountered, their encounters with indigenous communities across the Pacific, and the significance of their discoveries.

Scott's writing style is fluid and engaging, making it easy for readers to become fully immersed in the story. The book is well-paced, gradually building up the suspense and anticipation, particularly as the fate of Laperouse and his crew becomes uncertain towards the end of their voyage. Scott expertly weaves together historical accounts, personal letters, and other primary sources, giving readers a multifaceted view of Laperouse, his crew, and the societies they encountered.

Moreover, Scott offers a valuable commentary on the cultural exchange and encounters that occurred during Laperouse's explorations. He delves into the complexities of cross-cultural interactions, providing insights into the challenges and misunderstandings that arose between Laperouse's crew and indigenous communities. This nuanced portrayal adds depth to the narrative and encourages readers to reflect on the lasting impacts of European exploration on the indigenous populations of the Pacific.

While Laperouse is undoubtedly a captivating and well-researched book, it does require a certain level of interest in history and exploration to fully appreciate the depth of detail provided. Some readers may find the extensive accounts of geographical discoveries and navigational techniques overwhelming at times. However, those with a zeal for historical accounts and maritime exploration will thoroughly enjoy delving into the world of Laperouse.

In conclusion, Ernest Scott's Laperouse is an impressive and engaging historical account that transports readers to the age of exploration. With its richly detailed narrative and thought-provoking insights into cross-cultural encounters, this book serves as an essential addition to the library of anyone fascinated by the journeys of remarkable explorers of the past.

First Page:

Laperouse

by

Ernest Scott

DEDICATION

To my friend T.B.E.

CONTENTS

I. FAMILY, YOUTH and INFLUENCES. II. THE FRENCH NAVAL OFFICER. III. THE LOVE STORY OF LAPEROUSE. IV. THE VOYAGE OF EXPLORATION. V. THE EARLY PART OF THE VOYAGE. VI. LAPEROUSE IN THE PACIFIC. VII. AT BOTANY BAY. VIII. THE MYSTERY, AND THE SECRET OF THE SEA. IX. CAPTAIN DILLON'S DISCOVERY. X. THE FAME OF LAPEROUSE.

FOREWORD

All Sydney people, and most of those who have visited the city, have seen the tall monument to Laperouse overlooking Botany Bay. Many have perhaps read a little about him, and know the story of his surprising appearance in this harbour six days after the arrival of Governor Phillip with the First Fleet. One can hardy look at the obelisk, and at the tomb of Pere Receveur near by, without picturing the departure of the French ships after bidding farewell to the English officers and colonists. Sitting at the edge of the cliff, one can follow Laperouse out to sea, with the eye of imagination, until sails, poops and hulls diminish to the view and disappear below the hazy blue horizon. We may be sure that some of Governor Phillip's people watched the sailing, and the lessening, and the melting away of the vessels, from just about the same place, one hundred and twenty four years ago... Continue reading book >>




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