There were several European explorer visits to the Albany shores prior to British settlement.
The Dutchman François Thijssen in 1627 is the earliest recorded visitor.
On the 19th October 1800, the Baudin Expedition set sail from Le Havre in Normandy, France with two ships.
Separated by storms, the two ships charted the Western Australian coast independently from Cape Leeuwin in the south west corner to Joseph Bonaparte Gulf near Wyndham in the north.
With 23 scientists in the party, over 200,000 specimens of flora and fauna were collected.
The Expedition was responsible for hundreds of French place names in Australia, of which around 240 are still in use in Western Australia.
Baudin charted nearly two thirds of the Australian coastline.