Marc-Joseph Marion du Fresne

1724 - 1772

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Marc-Joseph Marion du Fresne (22 May 1724 – 12 June 1772) was a French privateer, East India captain and explorer. The expedition he led to find the hypothetical Terra Australis in 1771 made important geographic discoveries in the south Indian Ocean and anthropological discoveries in Tasmania and New Zealand. In New Zealand they spent longer living on shore than any previous European expedition. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Marc-Joseph Marion du Fresne has received more than 128,504 page views. His biography is available in 25 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 22 in 2019). Marc-Joseph Marion du Fresne is the 217th most popular explorer (down from 180th in 2019), the 2,707th most popular biography from France (down from 2,263rd in 2019) and the 24th most popular French Explorer.

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Among explorers, Marc-Joseph Marion du Fresne ranks 217 out of 498Before him are Alejandro Malaspina, Francisco de Bobadilla, Duarte Pacheco Pereira, Julius Klaproth, Jan Joosten van Lodensteijn, and Carsten Borchgrevink. After him are Masabumi Hosono, Daniel Boone, Jedediah Smith, Ma Huan, Nuno Tristão, and Joshua Slocum.

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Among people born in 1724, Marc-Joseph Marion du Fresne ranks 19Before him are Ernest Frederick, Duke of Saxe-Coburg-Saalfeld, Johann Nepomuk Karl, Prince of Liechtenstein, Franz Aepinus, George Stubbs, Franz Anton Maulbertsch, and Gottfried Heinrich Bach. After him are Heinrich XXIV, Count Reuss of Ebersdorf, John Smeaton, Louis-Jean-François Lagrenée, Claude Balbastre, John Michell, and Dai Zhen. Among people deceased in 1772, Marc-Joseph Marion du Fresne ranks 13Before him are Gottfried Achenwall, Gerard van Swieten, Joseph Wenzel I, Prince of Liechtenstein, John Canton, Jean-Joseph de Mondonville, and Princess Mary of Great Britain. After him are Frederick III, Duke of Saxe-Gotha-Altenburg, Pyotr Saltykov, Charles Pinot Duclos, Augustin Ehrensvärd, Count Johann Hartwig Ernst von Bernstorff, and Shah Jahan III.

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In France

Among people born in France, Marc-Joseph Marion du Fresne ranks 2,707 out of 6,770Before him are Ferdinand Hérold (1791), Charles Lecocq (1832), Pedro Gastão of Orléans-Braganza (1913), Claude Farrère (1876), Jean-Baptiste Dubos (1670), and Charles-Joseph Natoire (1700). After him are Roger Piantoni (1931), Marie Elisabeth of France (1572), Paul Héroult (1863), Léon Werth (1878), Clément Juglar (1819), and Louis Delluc (1890).

Among EXPLORERS In France

Among explorers born in France, Marc-Joseph Marion du Fresne ranks 24Before him are Jean-Baptiste Tavernier (1605), Jean-Baptiste Charcot (1867), André Thevet (1516), Nicolas Durand de Villegaignon (1510), Yves-Joseph de Kerguelen-Trémarec (1734), and Antoine de la Mothe Cadillac (1658). After him are Nicolas Baudin (1754), Antoine Bruni d'Entrecasteaux (1737), Pierre Poivre (1719), Francis Garnier (1839), Freya Stark (1893), and Louis de Freycinet (1779).