Political map of Australia, New Zealand & the Southwest Pacific 7 February 1794 (Australasia and the French Revolution): In 1789 the French Revolution forced King Louis XVI of France to accept a constitutional monarchy. Under this reformed regime, the French sent the naval officer d’Entrecasteaux (Antoine Bruni d%27Entrecasteaux) to Australasia with two frigates to find traces of the explorer La Pérouse (Jean-François de Galaup, comte de Lapérouse), who had last been seen leaving Botany Bay in 1788. The expedition spent two years unsuccessfully searching the region—during which d’Entrecasteaux himself died of scurvy (1793)—before arriving in the Dutch East Indies to discover that the revolutionaries had gained control in France, proclaimed a republic (French First Republic), executed the king (Execution of Louis XVI), and were now at war with much of Europe (French Revolutionary Wars). A royalist, the new expedition leader surrendered both his ships to the Dutch.