BOOK REVIEW | Almost a French Australia – French-British Rivalry in the Southern Oceans


By Noelene Bloomfield 

Most Australians have a very vague knowledge of the early exploration of their country. Most know something of Captain James Cook but few have any recollection of the voyages of the Dutch and French voyagers of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. They generally have no idea of how close their country came to being, at least partially, a Dutch or French colony.

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