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Wed Mar 29 17:36:54 2017 1 Terre Napoleon Project Gutenberg Australia a treasure-trove of literature treasure found hidden with no evidence of ownership Terre Napoleon A History of French Explorations and Projects in Australia by Ernest Scott LE GÉOGRAPHE AND LE NATURALISTE From the drawing in Freycinet’s Atlas of 1807. WITH EIGHT ILLUSTRATIONS AND MAPS. SECOND EDITION. METHUEN & CO., LTD. 36 ESSEX STREET W.C. LONDON. FIRST PUBLISHED JULY 7TH, 1910. SECOND EDITION 1911. MAP OF NEW HOLLAND (AUSTRALIA) From Freycinet’s Atlas of 1807. PREFACE. The main object of this book is to exhibit the facts relative to the expedition despatched to Australia by Napoleon Bonaparte in 1800 to 1804, and to consider certain opinions which have been for many years current regarding its purpose. Until about five years ago the writer accepted without doubt the conclusions presented by leading authorities.
One has to do that in regard to the vast mass of historical material, because, obviously, however much disposed one may be to form one’s opinions on tested facts apart from the writings of historians, several lifetimes would not be sufficient for a man to inquire for himself as to the truth of a bare fraction of the conclusions with which research is concerned. Wed Mar 29 17:36:54 2017 2 But it so happened that the writer was interested, for other reasons than those disclosed in the following pages, in ascertaining exactly what was done by the expedition commanded by Captain Nicolas Baudin on the coasts which were labelled Terre Napoleon.
On scrutinising the facts somewhat narrowly, he was surprised to find that opinions accepted with unquestioning faith began to crumble away for lack of evidence to support them. So much is stated by way of showing that the book has not been written to prove a conclusion formulated a priori, but with a sincere desire that the truth about the matter should be known. We read much in modern books devoted to the era of the Corsican about -th...

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