C1798

Plan of Port des Francais on the North West Coast of America... Discovered July 1786 by the Boussole & Astrolabe. (Lituya Bay, Alaska)

Early map of Port Francais (Lituya Bay) Alaska which La Perouse visited on 1786 July. The inlet, which La Pérouse named Port des Francais and now known as Lituya Bay, is most dramatic and La Pérouse was struck by the majesty of … Read Full Description

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Full Title:

Plan of Port des Francais on the North West Coast of America… Discovered July 1786 by the Boussole & Astrolabe. (Lituya Bay, Alaska)

Date:

C1798

Condition:

In good condition, with folds as issued.

Technique:

Hand coloured copper engraving.

Image Size: 

490mm 
x 375mm
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Plan of Port des Francais on the North West Coast of America... Discovered July 1786 by the Boussole & Astrolabe. (Lituya Bay, Alaska) - Antique Map from 1798

Genuine antique
dated:

1798

Description:

Early map of Port Francais (Lituya Bay) Alaska which La Perouse visited on 1786 July. The inlet, which La Pérouse named Port des Francais and now known as Lituya Bay, is most dramatic and La Pérouse was struck by the majesty of the place. He led a party to explore the head of the bay, which separates into two arms, both of which have glaciers feeding into them. The expedition lost twenty of it’s crew here.

From, Charts and Plates to La Perouse’s Voyage.

Jean-Francois de Galaup La Perouse (1741 - 1788)

La Perouse entered the navy at 15 and was made lieutenant in April 1775 and captain in 1780 after France joined the American war. In 1783 the French government appointed La Perouse in command of an expedition to the Pacific to complete Captain James Cook's unfinished work, and in particular to explore the passages in the Bering Sea, which had been a mystery to Europeans since the C16th. In command of two ships, La Boussole and L'Astrolabe he on 1 August 1785 making for Brazil. Doubling Cape Horn he refitted in Chile, then sailed to the Sandwich Islands and onto Alaska, where he turned south exploring and surveying the coast as far as California. After a short refit at Monterey, he sailed across the Pacific, discovered uncharted islands, and visited Macao and Manila. After six weeks re provisioning he left on 10 April 1787 to survey the coasts and territories north of Korea, which had been described by Christian missionaries. He sailed up the Gulf of Tartary, naming several points on both its shores and learned that Sakhalin was an island. In September he put in to Kamchatka to replenish his supplies. From there he turned south making for New Holland. In December, at Tutuila, Samoa, which Bougainville had called the Navigator Islands when he explored them in 1768, natives suddenly attacked a party from L'Astrolabe seeking water 12 men. La Perouse left without taking reprisals and sailed through the Pacific Islands to Norfolk Island and to Botany Bay. He was sighted off the coast there on 24 January 1788 but bad weather prevented his entering the bay for two days. La Perouse established a camp at Botany Bay on the northern shore, now named after him. After his six-week stay he sailed on 10 March and was not heard of again.

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