Originally posted by yawood
Thanks for the history lesson (and the spelling correction) Ray, I must admit that I was just shooting from the lip but it would have been interesting wouldn't it...
Actually, that history hasn't been written yet... but I'm working on it.

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As for the intentions of the French, if they had wanted Australia they would have sent a colonising party, not a bunch of Naval men exploring the Pacific rim before they got here.

The French had been well and truly outclassed in the exploration stakes by the Portugese, the Spanish, the Dutch and the poms... they set La Perouse up to address this. He could have done it... but Phillip got him instead.