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Voyages: Scientific Circumnavigations 1679 to 1859
  The Voyage of La Pérouse 1785-1788

The Monuments of Easter Island (full image)

from Voyage de La Pérouse Autour du Monde.
Paris: Imp. de la République, 1797.

 

The first European known to explore Easter Island is the Dutch captain Jacob Roggeveen, who sighted and named it on Easter Sunday in 1722; Cook anchored there in 1774. La Pérouse directed the crew to measure the statues on the island, and described one as 14 feet 6 inches high. He concluded that they were made of a light-weight volcanic stone called lapillo, and he agreed with Cook’s suggestion that the monuments could have been raised by the ancient inhabitants using levers.

 

La Pérouse: Page 2 of 7.
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