L’association Laperouse, a dynamic association based around the Museum of Laperouse in the old quarter of Albi launched a new book with champagne and “la galette des rois” about recent discoveries relating to Laperouse.
Laperouse, navigator and discoverer was literally the French answer to Captain James Cook and the HMS Endeavour.
Maybe you are aware, Comte, Captain, Laperouse, navigator and discoverer, or more formally, Jean-François de Galaup, comte de La Pérouse (1741-88), with 2 ships, La Boussole and L’Astrolabe was one of the early European pioneers to enter the Pacific ocean on a voyage of science and discovery?
All Europe had been stunned by the achievements of James Cook.
The French in particular with their enthusiasm for science and discovery greatly admired James Cook.
So much so that the French king expressly forbade any French ship from interfering with the voyages of James Cook (other English ships remaining fair game!).
In turn, Cook’s men voluntarily and sportingly agreed not to attack French ships.
The Spanish and Americans followed suite, ensuring James Cook’s safe passage from their ships.
The King of France took a personal interest in the voyage of Laperouse.
Many of the documents relating to the voyage have the King’s hand writing in the margins.
Today interest in Laperouse is growing, worldwide.
Laperouse was born in Albi, at that time a city of some 9,000 inhabitants.
The museum is curiously, just about the same size as the inside of one of his ships.
It is of course completely over shadowed by Albi’s other museum which is world class and dedicated to the great artist Toulouse Lautrec.
However, interest in Laperouse is growing world wide including an exhibition currently on tour and recently in Paris and St Malo.
There are now museums commemorating the voyage of Laperouse on the West coast of the USA, East coast of Russia and notably in Australia at
La Perouse Museum, Botany Bay National Park Anzac Parade
The British received La Pérouse courteously, sent a pilot boat and offered him any assistance he might need.
La Pérouse sent many of his journals and letters to Europe with a British ship, others having been sent previously via Russia (Vladivostok).
Just as well as the voyage of Laperouse was doomed.
The voyage of Laperouse touched many shores.
Tragically one to many, the ships were wrecked.
Far better is to visit the museum at Albi or the very informative web site http://www.laperouse-france.fr/
One of the many things I have come to like about this charming museum and L’association Laperouse is how active they are.
In the coming year, L’association Laperouse is particularly interested to forge links with other museums in Europe dedicated to the great explorers.
This with a view to presenting joint proposals to the European Parliament for funding ongoing projects and exhibitions.
Maybe you have contacts who could further this aim?
If so kindly email me ASAP, thanks.
As usual the version in Wikipedia is not correct.
You would do better to read the account a copy of the first published account of the settlement of Australia.