THE LINDA HALL LIBRARY HISTORY OF SCIENCE COLLECTION
Louis-Antoine comte de Bougainville's
specific mission was to sail to the Malouines
off the east coast of South America), which had been claimed by
the Spanish, and deliver payment for rights to establish French
colonies there. His broader goal was a voyage "made with
the spirit of discovery". He complained that half of the
had no other view than to enrich themselves by their
the Spaniards, followed known tracks, without
increasing the knowledge
Map of the World and Bougainville's
from Voyage Autour du
Paris: Chez Saillant & Nyon, 1772.
map of Australia, Bougainville's map shows only the
of that continent. The east coast awaited Captain Cook's survey.