By: A Brown
512 pages, Col illus, maps
Amid the Napoleonic Wars (1793-1815), France and Britain dispatched rival voyages of discovery to complete the mapping of Australia and `advance the limits of science'. Led by naval captains Nicolas Baudin and Matthew Flinders, both expeditions carried safe-conducts protecting them from seizure by ships of the opposing navies. Ill-Starred Captains explores the two voyages together in detail.
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