La Touche-Treville and his Proposal to Explore the South Coast of New Holland
After the exploration of the Australian coast by Nuyts, Tasman and Cook, there remained 1,000 miles of unexplored coastline in the south-east thought suitable for European settlement. Purry, of the Netherlands East India Company, attempted to promote such a scheme unsuccessfully. In 1744, Latouche, unfamiliar with recent French voyages, wished to circumnavigate westward across the Pacific to this unexplored coast and then on to Ile de France (Mauritius). Since the Ile de France authorities could easily send out a merchant vessel to explore the coast, the plan was rejected. Latouche had a bay named after him on the coast he never visited.