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Striking example of La Perouse's map of the World on Mercator's projection.

The map highlights La Perouse's Voyage from France, around Cape Horn, then to Hawaii and the NW Coast of America, south to Oregon, San Francisco and Monterey, then across the Pacific Ocean to Canton, through the Philippines to the Sea of Japan and the Northern Japanese Islands, then to Kamchatka. From Kamchatka, La Perouse proceeded to the South Pacific and finally to Port Jackson and Botany Bay, where he met his untimely death.

The map displays the most up to date cartography, especially along the NW Coast of America, NE Coast of Asia, Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific. La Perouse's voyage is perhaps second only to the Voyages of James Cook in their impact on cartographic knowledge and discoveries in the Pacific Ocean in the second half of the 18th Century.