Voyages d'un naturaliste,et ses observation ...

Author:Descourtilz, M. E. (Michel Etienne), b. 1775

Place of Publication: Paris
Publisher: Dufart, Père, Libraire-éditeur

Publication Date:1809
Physical Description: 3 vols, leaves of plates: ill., 22 cm. (8vo)

Michel Etienne Descourtilz, a French naturalist, lived in Saint-Domingue (present-day Haiti) during much of the revolt that led to the independence of Haiti. In 1799, after completing his medical studies he had traveled to South Carolina, and Santiago, Cuba. He arrived in Saint Domingue on April 2. Despite having a passport from Toussaint Louverture and serving as physician with the forces of Dessalines, he was in constant danger. He returned to France in 1803, but all his natural history collections and many drawings were destroyed during the course of the revolution. Back in France, he worked as a physician in a hospital at Beaumont and served as president of the Paris Linnean Society. He wrote about the natural history of the island and published this book in 1809.

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