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Thursday, March 26, 2009

Freycinet National Park, Tasmania

Sleepy Bay

In 1793, Louis de Freycinet joined the French navy and took part in several engagements against the British. The French ships Naturaliste and Geographe set out to navigate the south and south-west coasts of Australia. However, much of the ground had already been covered by Englishman Matthew Flinders but nevertheless the French took credit for their discoveries and renamed places already documented by the Englishman.

Freycinet National Park still bears his name today.