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The Nuttall Encyclopedia
A celebrated French navigator, born near Albi, in Languedoc; after distinguished services in the navy was in 1785 sent with two frigates on a voyage of discovery by Louis XVI.; "the brave navigator" went forth, sailing along the Pacific shores of America and Asia as far as Botany Bay, but never returned; "the seekers search far seas for him in vain; he has vanished trackless into blue immensity, and only some mournful mysterious shadow of him hovers long in all heads and hearts" (1741-1788).
Wood, James, ed. Entry for 'La Pérouse'. The Nuttall Encyclopedia. https://www.studylight.org/encyclopedias/eng/nut/l/la-prouse.html. Frederick Warne & Co Ltd. London. 1900.