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Louis-Antoine de Bougainville

French admiral and explorer

1729   -   1811

country of citizenship: Kingdom of France
native language: French
language of expression: French
occupation: explorer, politician, writer, travel writer, seafarer, naval officer
award received: Grand Officer of the Legion of Honour, Knight of the Royal and Military Order of Saint Louis, Fellow of the Royal Society
position held: member of the Sénat conservateur

Louis-Antoine, Comte de Bougainville (French: [buɡɛ̃vil]; 12 November 1729 – August 1811) was a French admiral and explorer. A contemporary of the British explorer James Cook, he took part in the Seven Years' War in North America and the American Revolutionary War against Britain. Bougainville later gained fame for his expeditions, including circumnavigation of the globe in a scientific expedition in 1763, the first recorded settlement on the Falkland Islands/Islas Malvinas, and voyages into the Pacific Ocean. Bougainville Island of Papua New Guinea as well as the Bougainvillea flower were named after him.
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