Jeanne Baret

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Jeanne Baret - story of Jeanne Baret, who disguised herself...
story of Jeanne Baret, who disguised herself and became the first woman to circumnavigate the globe, almost defies belief. She did it for love, but her lover, botanist Philibert Commerson, cooperated in the ruse because her brilliant skills as a plant collector and taxonomist supplemented his own. The story, of course, ends badly, but Baret's spirit and resilience against the odds make her among the more compelling characters in the Age of Sail. That Commerson finally named the genus Baretia for her is a nod to her courage, containing as it does plants that resist being easily identified. LYNIS RIDLEY

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  1. Star Tribune,
  2. 30 Apr 2012, Mon,
  3. Page E8

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