The Discovery of Jeanne Baret: A Story of Science, The High Seas, and The First Woman to Circumnavigate the Globe

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Date

2011

Identifier

Hocken Library G440.B225 RH78 2011

Publisher

Pymble, N. S. W.: Fourth Estate

Abstract

In 1765, Joseph Philibert Commerson was appointed naturalist on board Bougainville’s L’Etoile on the recommendation of Comte Buffon. Commerson’s ‘assistant’ was Jeanne Baret, who cunningly disguised herself as a teenage boy. Suspicion about her gender and true identity was widespread on board, but it was only in Tahiti that Bougainville discovered that Baret was a woman. She became the first woman to encircle the globe.

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Glynis Ridley, “The Discovery of Jeanne Baret: A Story of Science, The High Seas, and The First Woman to Circumnavigate the Globe,” ourheritage.ac.nz | OUR Heritage, accessed April 15, 2024, https://ourheritage.ac.nz/items/show/6852.