- Abraham Duquesne-Guitton
Captain, later Admiral, Abraham de Bellebat (Belébat?) de Duquesne-Guitton, also spelled Duquesne-Guiton (1648-d. 1724 in
Rochefort), was a French naval commander.
In 1687 he sailed from the
Cape of Good Hopein the "L'Oiseau", with a French Ambassador, Claude Céberet du Boullay, onboard, to establish a French Embassy in the Kingdom of Siam.
Eendracht Landon the West Australian coast and sailed in close to shore near the Swan River on 4 August- this was France's first recorded contact with Australia. He wrote that it looked very attractive, and fully covered with green despite "the fact that we were in the middle of winter in this country."Citation
title =French maritime history in WA - wait, there’s more - and it’s sensational!
journal =The Australian Association for Maritime History, Quarterly Newsletter
id = ]
His nephew Nicolas Gedeon de Voutron also sighted the western coast of Australia that year on another ship at the same latitude.
He was also appointed Governor General of the
Windward Islands("Gouverneur général des Isles du Vent") in reward for renouncing Protestantism and becoming a Catholic, and held that office from 1714 to 1717. [cite book
title =In Search of Empire: The French in the Americas, 1670-1730
publisher =Cambridge University Press
isbn = 0521827426 p245]
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