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Conquista Del Mundo - Australian Continent
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The Australian Continent Cache is the second of six multi-caches placed as part of the Conquestia Del Mundo Challenge. Cache is not located at the posted coordinates. Visit User's Web Page for details regarding the Conquista Del Mundo Challenge.
On 8 April 1802, while sailing east, Matthew Flinders met up with the French explorer Nicolas Baudin, who was sailing west aboard Le Géographe. Both men had been sent by their governments on separate expeditions to map the unknown southern coastline of Australia. Both men of science, Flinders and Baudin met and exchanged details of their discoveries, and sailed together to Sydney to resupply. Flinders would later name the site of their meeting Encounter Bay.
The meeting at Encounter Bay by the two expeditions marked the point at which the entire coastline of continental Australia became mapped.
By June 1803, the hull of the Investigator had deteriorated to such a degree that Flinders was forced to abandon his survey of the northern coastline of Australia. He returned to Sydney by the west coast, thus completing his circumnavigation of Australia.
Flinders set sail for England aboard The Porpoise to secure another vessel from the British Government with which to complete his survey, but was shipwrecked on the Great Barrier Reef. Remarkably, Flinders navigated the ship's cutter across open sea back to Sydney, a distance of some 700 miles, and arranged for the rescue of the marooned crew on Wreck Reef.
Flinders next attempted to return to England aboard The Cumberland, but the poor condition of the schooner forced it to put in at Mauritius for repairs on 17 December. Unbeknownst to Flinders, England was now at war with France again, and the French governor, General De Caen, had Flinders detained as a prisoner of war. His imprisonment was, in reality, due to misunderstandings and indignancies by both parties and lasted for almost seven years.
The Australian Continent Cache coordinates are N49 50.A3B W096 59.C7D where the letters are obtained from the cover page of the following territory caches (established in support of the Conquista Del Mundo Challenge).
9 + A, where A = Conquista Del Mundo - Indonesia
B= Conquista Del Mundo - East Australia
5 + C, where C = Conquista Del Mundo - New Guinea
7 - D, where D = Conquista Del Mundo - Western Australia
The number associated with the letters in the coordinates may be found on the cover page of the log book from the respective cache.
Cache container is a plastic Folgers coffee tub which is painted black.
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Last Updated: on 11/15/2017 3:26:28 PM (UTC-08:00) Pacific Time (US & Canada) (11:26 PM GMT)
Coordinates are in the WGS84 datum