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French polar explorer: d’Urville

The French claim, with some justice, that Dumont d’Urville can rank with James Cook as the greatest navigator of them all. Like Cook, he made three voyages round the world as well as important contributions to all the sciences, most of which were then in their lusty infancy.

— Helen Rosenman, translator and editor of D’Urville’s accounts of South Seas voyages

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