New Caledonia, a dream of a French empire | EUROtoday

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QWhat have been we going to do in New Caledonia? This native authority has been within the French fold for therefore lengthy that we might overlook the why, the how, the start. History has recorded that a couple of hundred and seventy years in the past, on September 24, 1853, a rear admiral, Febvrier-Despointes, leaving from Papeete, solemnly took possession of the islands within the identify of France. On April 23, Napoleon III gave directions to his Minister of the Navy, Ducos.

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It was the one territorial conquest of Napoleon III, who dreamed with the Saint-Simonians of an Arab kingdom and with the Catholics of an empire in Mexico. Febvrier-Despointes commanded the naval division of Oceania and the western coasts of America. It's from one of many bases of this division, in Chile…

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