Men of the Caroline Islands, (now Micronesia), 1822-1825.
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Engraved plate 51 from 'Voyage autour du monde' ('Voyage round the world') by Louis Isidore Duperrey (1826), showing three tattooed men from the island of Oualan (or Ualan). One holds an axe or adze. The Caroline Islands archipelago is now part of the Federated States of Micronesia. Duperrey (1786-1865), a French marine hydrographer, was the commander of the 'Coquille' during its voyage (1822-1825) to Chile, Peru, Polynesia, the Molucca Islands (Indonesia), New Ireland (Papua New Guinea) and Australia.