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Plan de la Partie des Iles, ou archipel de Corée, Vue au Mois de Mai 1787 par les Frégates Francaises.

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Article ID ASC1191
Artist Perousse,de La (1741-1788)
Jean-François de Galaup de La Pérouse was a French navigator, circumnavigator and geographer in the Age of Enlightenment. At the age of 15, La Pérouse went to Brest and started a career in the French Navy. The officers were divided into noble 'red' and bourgeois 'blue'. To make his career better, La Pérouse added a noble title to his family name de Galaup, which refers to a small family farm outside of Albi called La Peyrouse. The recent outbreak of the Seven Years' War led La Pérouse to Québec, among others. The return of the circumnavigator Louis Antoine de Bougainville to France in 1769 inspired La Pérouse to do similar things. From 1772 to 1776, La Pérouse sailed on behalf of the French governor in the Indian Ocean between the French-controlled colonies of Mauritius, Reunion, Pondicherry in southern India and Madagascar, where he completed his geographic knowledge. La Perouse took part in the American War of Independence on the American side for the French. He commanded a squadron and in August 1782 captured the Fort Prince of Wales without a fight and captured the English explorer Samuel Hearne there. La Pérouse was ennobled and promoted for special services on his return. Two ships - the Astrolabe and the Boussole - were equipped and a top-class team of scientists from the fields of astronomy, mathematics, geology, mineralogy and botany were assembled for the trip. Her mission was to study the geography of the Pacific and its trade opportunities there, from the far north to Australia, from Asia to America. On August 1, 1785, the two ships set sail from Brest. The first stop was Tenerife. Patagonia was reached in January 1786. Via Cape Horn and Easter Island we went to Hawaii and further to Alaska. La Pérouse, who was one of the enlighteners, was the first European to consciously refrain from taking possession of unexplored islands. In Alaska, he made important contacts with Indians before touring the California coast. Winter was used to cross the Pacific. In January 1787, the two ships landed in Macau. Now the so far little-known East Asian side seas, the Chinese Sea and the Japanese Sea, have been systematically researched and mapped, as well as the large Siberian Kamchatka Peninsula, which was interesting because of the wealth of fur. After Sakhalin and the Japanese Kuriles were explored, the South Pacific was headed for. On December 11, 1787, Samoa's second captain and close friend La Pérouses, the scientist Paul Fleuriot de Langle (1744–1787), was killed by locals.
Title Plan de la Partie des Iles, ou archipel de Corée, Vue au Mois de Mai 1787 par les Frégates Francaises.
Year ca. 1787
Description Detailed seachart showing the track of La Pérouse along the southern most trip of Korea, with Quelpaerts Islands (Jeju, with the vulcano Halla-san in Halla Mountain). This chart is representing the visit of the French Admiral and explorer, le Comte de La Pérouse to Korea in 1786. La Perouse set sail from France in 1785 to continue the discoveries of Captain Cook. He was shipwrecked in 1788 but his narrative, maps, and views survived and were published in 1797. This copy consists of the Atlas only to the First French edition.
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Place of Publication Paris
Dimensions (cm)50 x 69
ConditionTears on upper and lower margin perfectly restored
TechniqueCopper print


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