TODAY in the PAST: February 12th, 1772
French Discovery of the Kerguelen Islands (Les Îles Kerguelen)
February 12,1772: French Discovery of the Kerguelen Islands
Yves-Joseph de Kerguelen-Trémarec (1734-1797), a French-breton explorer and naval officer discovers the Kerguelen Islands (les Îles Kerguelen) in the southern part of the Indian Ocean. He claimed it for King Louis XV and it remains a French overseas territory, part of the District of the French Southern and Antarctic Lands. The main island is called La Grande Terre and the capital is called Port-aux-Français. But don’t plan on a summer vacation there, except for a hundred or so scientists who study the rich environment of these islands, nobody lives there (in fact it is nicknamed Îles de la Désolation or Desolation Islands).
The Kerguelen Islands (Les Îles Kerguelen)