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Flinders denies Peron's claims
Title : Flinders denies Peron's claims Flinders denies Peron's claims
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Creator : Flinders, Matthew, 1774-1814
Source : A voyage to Terra Australis ... , p. 192
Place Of Creation : Adelaide
Publisher : Libraries Board of South Australia
Date of creation : 1966
Format : Book
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Flinders argues that Francois Peron was fully aware of the English expedition's prior discoveries on the South Australian coast. Peron was present in Port Jackson (Sydney) when Flinders showed one of his charts of the newly discovered coast to Captain Baudin and his officers. The French at this time accepted Flinders's prior discovery of the majority of the South Australian coastline. Flinders includes an extract from the French account.

Captain Nicolas Baudin died on Mauritius in 1803 on the voyage home to France. As a result the account of the expedition was written by Francois Peron, who contrived to write the entire account without reference to Baudin, who was extremely unpopular with the officers and scientists aboard his ship. Perhaps if Baudin had lived to write the account matters may have been different. Peron himself died in 1810, and Louis Freycinet continued the second volume of the account. Peron and Freycinet had even chosen not to use Baudin's place names, preferring instead to honour the men of the new French Republic and the Empire.
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Flinders, Matthew, 1774-1814

Peron, Francois, 1775-1810

Baudin, Nicolas, 1754-1803

Freycinet, Louis de, 1779-1842

Coverage year : 1802
Place : Encounter Bay
Further reading :
Peron, Francois, Voyage of discovery to the southern lands: second edition, 1824. Adelaide: Friends of the State Library of South Australia, 2003
Cooper, H. M. The unknown coast: being the explorations of Captain Matthew Flinders, along the shores of South Australia 1802 Adelaide: The author, 1953 (Adelaide: Advertiser Printing Office)
Cooper, H. M. The unknown coast: (a supplement) Adelaide: The author, 1955 (Adelaide: E.J. McAlister)
Fornasiero, F. J. Encountering Terra Australis: the Australian voyages of Nicolas Baudin and Matthew Flinders Kent Town, South Australia: Wakefield Press, 2004
Horner, F. B. The French reconnaissance: Baudin in Australia 1801-1803 Carlton, Vic.: Melbourne University Press, 1987
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