Unknowingly the first woman to sail around the world and forgotten by history for many years, Jeanne Baret was an extraordinary woman.
Jeanne Baret botanist
What did Jeanne Baret discover?
Jeanne Baret timeline
Many of the exact dates of Baret’s life are uncertain.
27 July 1740
Baret born in the Burgundy region of France.
Between 1760 and 1764
Baret becomes employed as housekeeper to Commercon.
Commercon invited to join Bougainville’s expedition.
Baret and Commercon joined the Bouganville expedition.
L’etoile reaches Tahiti, Baret supposedly outed as a woman.
Commercon dies in Mauritius.
Baret marries Jean Dubernat, non-commissioned French officer.
Baret most likely returns to France
Baret dies, at the age of 67.