Jeanne Baret, first woman to circle the globe
The bougainvillea, a tropical American vine, was named after Admiral Louis Antoine de Bougainville, a French explorer who led a round-the-world exploratory fleet from 1766 to 1769. Bougainville took along a naturalist, one Philibert de Commerson, who had an assistant named Jean Baret. Baret was actually a woman dressed In men's clothing; the fleet got all the way to Tahiti, where a chief noticed what the crew had not and made off with Mademoiselle Baret. She was rescued, but her clothes were in such disarray that the astonished crew couldn't help noticing the truth. After that, she was Jeanne Baret and Bougainville reported that she behaved most properly for the rest of the voyage. Baret was with Commerson later in Brazil, where they discovered and named the vine. After the three-year cruise surrounded by sailors she married a soldier back home and disappeared from history.