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On these islands, several thousand kilometres from the continents of Antarctica, Africa and Australia, ravaged by storms and where nothing grows except a few local cabbages, moss, lichen, wild grasses and acaenas, there is hardly any wildlife. The year old officer set sail from what is now called Mauritius aboard La Fortune and Gros-Ventre, with a crew of On 12 th February , he spotted a tiny island Fortune , and on the following day saw land with the tops of mountains covered in snow.

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Bad weather blocked them and the captain of La Fortune headed back to France leaving the Gros-Ventre there. Yves de Kerguelen reached Brest on 16 th July , proud to have discovered the fifth part of the world. Apart from wood, we will probably find crystals, diamonds, rubies, sapphires, emeralds and other precious stones. In fact they were exaggerating somewhat, as they had only caught a tiny glimpse of the land through the rain and snow.

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The King was convinced and launched another campaign with scientists, botanists, geologists, soldiers and future settlers to get to these islands again on 14 th December Yves de Kerguelen went before the war tribunal and was sentenced to six months in prison and kicked out of the Navy. Three years later, James Cook confirmed that these huge lands were in fact a tiny group of islands and not a fifth continent.

Only a few whale and sea elephant hunters headed to these islands. The New England Quakers went there to get oil for their lanterns.

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They buried the first body and returned with oil confiscated from a British frigate in the Caribbean. In , John Nunn was shipwrecked there when hunting whales.

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With three others men, they lived like cavemen feeding themselves on the flesh of elephant seals, sea lions, penguin eggs cooked in seal oil… they had to wait for two years to be rescued, but John stayed for two more seasons to finish his fishing campaign. They brought sheep and shepherds to the island, half of which died of boredom and the other half of malnutrition.

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