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Nicolas Baudin was a French explorer, cartographer, naturalist and hydrographer.
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Key Facts & Information
EARLY CAREER & TROUBLES OF NICOLAS BAUDIN
- Nicolas Baudin was born on February 17th, 1754 in Saint-Martin-de-Re in France (although some sources say his birth date was the 19th).
- Not too much is known of his childhood and early life, other than that he joined the merchant navy as an apprentice at 15.
- By the time he was 20, he joined the French East India Company, which was a commercial Imperial enterprise founded in order to compete with the English and Dutch companies in the East Indies (a term used to describe the lands of South and Southeast Asia), as seen in the map below to the right.
- After tensions rose to an unbearable height between the French and Americans on the ship Lion, headed by Baudin’s uncle, in 1778, Baudin switched his course by jumping onto another ship that was shipwrecked
off the coast of Nova Scotia.
- On April 24, 1778, he was taken prisoner by the English from the shipwreck and interned in Halifax, Canada.
- After a daring escape with 10 other prisoners, a sinking of his transport vessel, a recapture by the English, and being taken to Jamaica as a prisoner, he was eventually exchanged at the request of the Governor of Saint-Domingue and returned back to France.
- At the time, Saint-Domingue was a French colony on the Caribbean island of Hispaniola that was ruled by the French from 1795-1802, whereas Jamaica had been ruled by the British since 1655 after previously being ruled by the Spanish as the Colony of Santiago.
WORLDLY EXPEDITIONS OF NICOLAS BAUDIN
- Upon returning to France, Baudin then set out to make a few trips to places such as the Cape of Good Hope, Saint-Domingue, and the United States.
- On July 22nd, 1785, Baudin was tasked with taking the remaining Acadians (French colonists who settled in Canada’s Eastern Maritime provinces) to Louisiana in the United States.
- From New Orleans (La Nouvelle Orleans), he was asked to take a cargo of wood, meat, fish, and other items to Isle de France (Mauritius); he left on July 14th, 1786 and arrived at Isle de France eight months later, picking up the Austrian botanist, Franz Boos, from the Cape of Good Hope along the way.
- Baudin was chartered to transport Boos and his plant specimens that he had collected in the Southern Hemisphere back to Europe.
- For the next few years, Baudin made several trips to the Cape of Good Hope and in other parts of South Africa to transport plant and animal specimens to be studied in Europe.
- Baudin’s first voyage to Australia was in 1792, when he sailed to the Indian Ocean and China, and eventually to the coast of New Holland (Australia).
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