Need crew manifest for Louis de Bougainville expedition landing Bougainville Island.

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Louis-Antoine de Bougainville was the first Frenchman to circumnavigate the globe. In 1768 he landed in the Solomon Islands, The island where they lived for a time is now named Bougainville Island.

DNA indicates some decent from Bougainville Island. I'm trying to locate the crew manifests from his voyage. The logical assumption is a crewmen "married" a local native woman and they bore children, hence their DNA showing up in ours.

I really need to narrow the possible candidates, we had many seamen in the family.
in Genealogy Help by Dennis Gray G2G Rookie (190 points)

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De Bougainville wrote a book about the voyage. It may have some clues. See  https://archive.org/details/VoyageAroundTheWorldByLewisDeBougainvilleIn1766-9 for a copy.

by George Fulton G2G6 Pilot (340k points)

Thank you. I'll definitely go through the book for clues. I may be barking up the wrong tree. I've read a couple of sources that say Bougainville named the island after himself, but did not stay due to native hostility.

European voyages began to pass by Bougainville in the seventeenth century: Schouten and Le Maire in 1610, Tasman in 1643, Carteret in 1767 and Bougainville in 1768.

Perhaps, the lineage comes from one of the other explorers. Based on the DNA this would be 13 generations ago for myself.

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