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A Collection of Two Letters Dated Rochefort, December 27 & 28th 1829 (1842?) to Vice-Admiral Le Blanc and Baron Duperre discussing Capitaine Colomb's Desire to be Sent to Serve France in the Marquesas Islands
Rochefort, 1829 Letter. Near Fine. No Binding. Rochefort: 1829 (1842?). Two Letters, Two Pages Each. Each 26 x 20cm (10 x 8 inches). Both letters in near fine condition. These two interesting letters give an early account of the French conquest of the Marquesas Islands. "The American Maritime Fur Trader Joseph Ingraham first visited the northern Marquesas while commanding the brig Hope in 1791, giving them the name Washington Islands. In 1813, Commodore David Porter claimed Nuku Hiva for the United States, but the United States Congress never ratified that claim, and in 1842, France, following a successful military operation on behalf of a native chief (named Iotete) who claimed to be king of the whole of the island of Tahuata, took possession of the whole group, establishing a settlement (abandoned in 1859) on Nuku Hiva. French control over the group was reestablished in 1870, and later incorporated into the territory of French Polynesia" (Wikipedia)..
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