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Adélie Land, 1840 (1st of 3)

Adélie Land, 1840

French explorer Dumont d'Urville made two attempts to reach Antarctica during his 1837–40 expedition. The first failed when ice, fog and scurvy among the crew forced his ships, the Astrolabe and Zélée, to retreat. His second attempt was successful. D'Urville claimed the Terre Adélie area (named after his wife) for France, and amassed some of the huge collection of scientific specimens he would take back.

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Nigel Roberts, 'Antarctica and New Zealand - Voyages of discovery', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/artwork/37139/adelie-land-1840 (accessed 8 February 2023)

Story by Nigel Roberts, published 20 Jun 2012