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Islands of the Seychelles Archipelago PartII
The French entrepreneur, Brayer du Barré had obtained from Pierre Poivre, Governor of Ile de France(now Mauritius), at government expense, a brig 'Thélémaque which brought in the first settlers, in all twenty eight(28) on 27 August 1770.
Marc-Joseph Marion du Fresne - New Zealand in History
In search of employment and finance, du Fresne presented a project to Pierre Poivre, Civil Administrator of the Ile de France.
Along with Marion, the ill-fated fishing party was made up this day of : de Vaudricourt and Lehoux, Pierre - a volunteer, Thomas Ballu of Vannes, Pierre Mauclair - the second pilot, from St Malo, Louis Menager - the steersman from Lorient, Vincent Kerneur of Port-Louis and Marc Le Garff, from Lorient, Marc Le Corre of Auray, Jean Mestique of Pluvigner, Pierre Cailloche of Languidic and Mathurin Daumalin of Hillion.
We visit Pamplemousses Botanical ...
We visit Pamplemousses Botanical Gardens created by famous botanist Pierre Poivre in 1767 then drive north to Cap Malheureux via Grand Bay.
A succulent lunch will be served at L´Aventure du Sucre, famous for its traditional cuisine.
You cannot miss the visit of ...
You cannot miss the visit of Pamplemousse Botanical Gardens created by famous botanist Pierre Poivre in 1767 on the estate of French.
You cannot miss the visit of Pamplemousses Botanical Garden created by famous botanist Pierre Poivre in 1767 on the estate of French governor Mahé de Labourdonnais.
His Chateau de Mon Plaisir built in 1735, still exists.
Pamplemousses Garden - Mauritius & Seychelles Holidays
However, Pierre Poivre, a predestined name, was the genuine and passionate creator.
When this botanist and explorer, once a seminarist, visited Ile de France, he turned out to be a real "missionary of spices".
Unfortunately, Fusée-Aublet, a jealous horticulturist, sabotaged his
cultures whenever Poivre
was not looking!
Even though Poivre
returned to France , disillusioned from the experience, he
did not admit defeat nonetheless, as a great determination characterised this man who has seen worse.
As a matter of fact, he
came back some ten years later, in 1767, but this time, as the administrator of Bourbon Island
(Réunion) and Ile de France
was a one-armed person (during a naval battle, a cannonball tore away his
wrist and he
had to undergo an amputation), but his
tenacity and his
experience helped him to overcome all obstacles.
introduced numerous trees and spices from all over the world in the Pamplemousses garden, whose names invited us on a worldwide tour: the Caribbean's laurel, China 's camphor tree, the Philippines bread-root, or Cochin-China's litchi… as well as many indigenous species as possible.
Pierre Poivre, a noble and kind gentleman - besides, he was also against the ignominy of slavery - will be the originator of the first laws on the protection of nature.
Together with his
wife and daughters, he
lived in the residence at Mon Plaisir (now destroyed, but substituted for an equally beautiful building, pompously named as "Château de Mon Plaisir") till he
decided to return in France , in Lyon , where he
died in 1786.
was then sixty-seven years old.
His successor, Nicolas Céré, a botanist, tried his best to go on with the works of Pierre Poivre.