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Samuel Wallis (23 April 1728 – Londonmarker 21 January 1795) was a Cornishmarker navigator who circumnavigated the world.

Wallis was born near Camelfordmarker, Cornwallmarker. In 1766 he was given the command of HMS Dolphin to circumnavigate the world, accompanied by the Swallow under the command of Philip Carteret. The two ships were parted shortly after sailing through the Strait of Magellanmarker, Wallis continuing to Tahitimarker, which he named "King George the Third's Island" in honour of the King (June 1767). He continued to Bataviamarker, where many of the crew died from dysentery, then via the Cape of Good Hopemarker to England, arriving in May 1768. He was able to pass on useful information to James Cook who was due to depart shortly for the Pacificmarker, and some of the crew from the Dolphin sailed with Cook.

In 1780 Wallis was appointed Commissioner of the Admiralty.

The Polynesian archipelago of Wallis and Futunamarker (now a Frenchmarker overseas collectivity) is named in his honour.


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