The Journey of a Journal

Abbink, Emily
January 1996
Missions of Monterey Bay Area;1996, p36
Mission San Carlos was only one of many stops for the French explorer La Pérouse. In 1785 he began a long voyage throughout the Pacific in search of trade and scientific information. During his years away from France, he took careful notes of his findings and adventures. His travels took him to North America, Asia, and the South Pacific. In 1787, during his stay in north-eastern Asia, Pérouse mailed his journal to France for safekeeping. In the early 1800's, a British captain found evidence that suggested Pérouse and his crew had been killed by native peoples of the Solomon Islands, just east of Australia.


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