1797: CHART OF THE SANDWICH ISLANDS BY JEAN-FRANCOIS LA PEROUSE

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1797: CHART OF THE SANDWICH ISLANDS BY JEAN-FRANCOIS LA PEROUSE

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The second European explorer to visit Hawaii and the first to come ashore on the island of Maui was the French explorer Jean Francois La Perouse

La Perouse visited Hawaii and oversaw the compilation of this chart published in 1797. His extremely short stay, however, precluded his hydrographer, Bernizet, from completing the charting of shorelines which were missed during Cook’s voyage.

 

La Perouse touched only at the island of Maui, consequently most of this map was taken from Roberts’ earlier chart of Hawaii. Bernizet’s miscalculation of the east – west distance for the Big Island and a new mapping of the south coast of Maui are the two significant improvements this explorer put on the map from his brief 48 hour visit.

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