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Explorers of the Pacific: European and American Discoveries in Polynesia



Though the commercial voyages of Roquefeuil and Duhaut-Cilly were not financial successes, they did record additional information concerning Hawaii and the Marquesas. Though the discovery of the Maria (Moerenhout) and Morane (Cadmus) atolls in the Tuamotus have been associated with Moerenhout, they would be more justly credited to Captain Ebrill of the Tahitian trading schooner Amphitrite. The expeditions sponsored by the French government recorded valuable scientific information, but the French page 89accounts indulged more in picturesque writing about scenery and natural phenomena than detailed information about the natives with whom they came into contact. New discoveries were limited to Rose Atoll in the Samoan group by Freycinet and Clermont Tonnerre (Reao), by Duperrey.