017 Dumont d’Urville

First out of the blocks in the three way race south, Dumont d’Urville does a fair job with the resources France can throw at the project after much war and revolution and war and blockades and war.

Often described as a nineteenth century analogue to the Space Race, I think of this period in Antarctic history as the nineteenth century race southward, of which the Space Race was a twentieth century analogue, because causality.

I think I messed up the pronunciation of every part of d’Urville’s name, but I was consistent in my noun-mangling.

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Gallic and gouty, D’Urville did his distasteful duties well.

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