Our boat is named for him (as opposed to one of the bays, glaciers, banks or straits around the Pacific that are named for him). We've been to the La Pérouse museum in Albi, France where he was from, and we have the English translations of his journals, which he sent back to Paris overland from, IIRC, what is now Kamchatka before he set out on what turned out to be the the final leg of his voyage of discovery. While the fate of his two ships and most of his crew is known, La Pérouse's final fate is not as he disappeared with a small contingent of his crew when they set out for New Zealand in a small boat built from the wreckage of one his ships to get help.
He fought the British on our behalf in the French navy, defeating some British ships in Hudson's Bay.
He was a good commander and, rare for the day, was kind to his crews.
We figure as long as we keep La Pérouse
out of the southwestern Pacific we'll do fine.