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“FIVE STARS!!! In 1800 it was rumoured that a north-south strait separated the Australian continent into two. In 1798 an American, Captain Williamson, claimed to have sailed through the strait from the south coast to the Gulf of Carpentaria. At that time the British had claimed the land only as far west as longitude 135 degrees; if the strait existed it would simplify any French territorial claim. Bonaparte sent Nicolas Baudin to chart the strait with a view to claiming the western half of the continent for France. The British sent Matthew Flinders in pursuit. Baudin had a start of nine months and was better equipped. Their journies resulted in the charting of the Australian coastline, the death of one captain, and the imprisonment of the other. Perhaps Baudin's most visible legacy was the collection of plants and animals returned to France, enabling Josephine Bonaparte to create her garden at Malmaison, near Paris. The achievements of neither man were recognised within their lifetimes. Baudin was unfairly blamed for France's failure to colonise the Pacific and Britain largely ignored Flinders's achievements. Klaus Toft focuses on the race between the two and brings a comparatively unknown voyage of exploration to life."

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Paperback 2002.

354 pages.

Near new condition.

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There is of course no charge for shipping if you collect this book from my shop in Palmerston ?North following the auction.

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