Meeting between Frenchmen and aboriginals, New Holland, 1817-1820.
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Indigenous Australians portrayed as suspicious savages accepting gifts from Europeans. In reality, many aboriginal people were disinterested in such trinkets. This encounter took place at Shark Bay on the Ile Peron in what is now Western Australia Illustration from 'Voyage autour du monde: entrepris par ordre du Roi...execute sur les corvettes de S M l'Uranie et la Physicienne pendant les annees 1817, 1818, 1819 et 1820 / par Louis de Freycinet'. This work, by Louis Claude Desaulses de Freycinet (1779-1842), was an account of a French voyage round the world between 1817 and 1820, and was published in Paris between 1824 and 1844.