John Fearn

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John Fearn (1768–1837) was a British Royal Navy officer, ship captain and explorer. Fearn became famous for being the first European to land on the Pacific island of Nauru, which is now a sovereign republic.[1]

Fearn discovered Nauru on 8 November 1798,[1] while travelling with his whaling ship Hunter from New Zealand to China.[2] He named it Pleasant Island due to its attractive environment and the friendly nature of the Nauruans.

Fearn was commemorated on the obverse of a $10 Nauruan coin.[3]


  1. ^ a b multiple authors and consultors, Dorling Kindersley, History (original title), ISBN 978-989-550-607-1
  2. ^ "Nauru profile". BBC. Retrieved 6 May 2012. 
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