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Louis Antoine de BOUGAINVILLE
(1729 - 1811)

Refer to the Wikipedia article about Bougainville.

In 1768 de Bougainville hoped to discover the east coast of New Holland and claim it for France, but turned northward after striking heavy breakers of the Great Barrier Reef. He sailed to the New Hebrides (Vanuatu), the Solomon Islands, New Ireland, and the north coast of New Guinea. The island of Bougainville is named after him.