marion du fresne

Personal details

Full Name:

  • Marc Joseph Marion du Fresne


  • 17241772-06-12/1772-06-13

The early French explorer's visit to New Zealand ended in his death, and the bloodshed of hundreds more in retribution.

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Events In History

  • 4 May 1772
    Marion du Fresne arrives in the Bay of Islands

    Marion du Fresne’s was the second French expedition to visit New Zealand, following that of Jean François Marie de Surville in 1769. Du Fresne’s acceptance of the philosopher Jean-Jacques Rousseau’s beliefs about ‘noble savages’ was to have unfortunate consequences for him and his crew. Read more...