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Nights of StorytellingA Cultural History of Kanaky-New Caledonia$
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Raylene Ramsay

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780824832223

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824832223.001.0001

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La Billardière

La Billardière

Observations of a French Naturalist

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(p.110) Chapter Eight La Billardière
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Nights of Storytelling
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Raylene Ramsay
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University of Hawai'i Press
DOI:10.21313/hawaii/9780824832223.003.0008

Jacques Julien de La Billardière was a naturalist with the d'Entrecasteaux expedition. At every opportunity he set off on expeditions along the shore and over the mountains that separated the coast where the ships anchored from the Diahot Valley that lay beyond. He is credited with the discovery of the n'bouet, or hache ostensoir, as the French termed this ceremonial weapon. This chapter presents translated extracts from La Billardière's Relation du voyage à la recherche de La Pérouse fait par l'Ordre de l'Assemblé Constituants pendant les années 1791, 1792 (1798), including his accounts of the expedition's progress, cannibalism, authority of chiefs, and theft by the natives.

Keywords:   Jacques Julien de La Billardière, naturalists, Kanaka peoples, New Caledonia, d'Entrecasteaux expedition

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