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Peron claims Terre Napoleon
Title : Peron claims Terre Napoleon Peron claims Terre Napoleon
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Creator : Flinders, Matthew, 1774-1814
Source : A voyage to Terra Australis ... , p. 191
Place Of Creation : Adelaide
Publisher : Libraries Board of South Australia
Date of creation : 1966
Format : Book
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In Flinders account of his voyage of discovery Voyage to Terra Australis ... published in 1814, he denounces Francois Peron who in the published account of the French expedition Voyage de decouvertes aux terres australes published in 1807 (text volume 1) and 1811 (Atlas) has claimed Flinders' discoveries for France, renaming the gulfs and Kangaroo Island with French names: the land became Terre Napoleon and the gulfs were named for the Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte and his Empress Josephine. Even the smallest island discovered by Flinders has been usurped as a French discovery. Flinders adds as an extended footnote a passage from Peron's account.

There had been indignation in London when the French account was published, and a review in Quarterly Review was particularly scathing of the French usurpation of Flinders's discoveries. Flinders had been detained for six and half long years on Mauritius on his return to England to try and obtain a more seaworthy vessel than the leaking rotten Investigator. This delayed the publication of his account. However a second edition of the French account was published in 1824 and restitution was made with all of Flinders' discoveries, which had occurred prior to the historic meeting at Encounter Bay, being returned to the map. This was too late for Flinders however who had died in July 1814.
Related names :

Flinders, Matthew, 1774-1814

Baudin, Nicolas, 1754-1803

Peron, Francois, 1775-1810

Coverage year : 1802
Place : Encounter Bay
Further reading :
Peron, Francois, Voyage of discovery to the southern lands: second edition, 1824. Book IV, comprising chapters XXII to XXXIV Adelaide: Friends of the State Library of South Australia, 2003
Wallace, Colin The lost Australia of Francois Peron London: Nottingham Court Press, 1984
Horner, F. B. The French reconnaissance: Baudin in Australia 1801-1803 Carlton, Vic.: Melbourne University Press, 1987
Fornasiero, F. J. Encountering Terra Australis: the Australian voyages of Nicolas Baudin and Matthew Flinders Kent Town, South Australia: Wakefield Press, 2004
Estensen, Miriam The life of Matthew Flinders Crows Nest, N.S.W.: Allen & Unwin, 2002
'Review of Voyage de decouvertes aux terres australes redige par F. Peron', Quarterly Review, Vol. IV, no. viii, 1810, pp. 42-60
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