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Jeanne Baret (July 27, 1740 – August 5, 1807) was a member of Louis Antoine de Bougainville's expedition on the ships La Boudeuse and Étoile in 1766–1769. Baret is recognized as the first woman to have completed a voyage of circumnavigation of the globe. Jeanne Baret joined the expedition disguised as a man, calling herself Jean Baret. She enlisted as valet and assistant to the expedition's naturalist, Philibert Commerçon (anglicized as Commerson), shortly before Bougainville's ships sailed from France. According to Bougainville's account, Baret was herself an expert botanist. (Source: Wikipedia)
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Bonjour captain, welcome to Paris! Your reputation precedes you. What brings you here? Would you like to chat over a glass at the local winery? I might need your help.
Let's order some lunch. You look like you can be trusted with a secret. Philibert Commerson agreed to take me on a voyage around the World as his valet, but I have to be disguised as a man!
|3||Dare to dream|
I am a botanist, so a discovery voyage such as this one is a dream of mine. However, women are prohibited from French Navy ships, so I have to pose as a man. Would you help me get male clothing?
Monsieur de Bougainville, our voyage's leader, needs more sailors for the journey on one of his ships. Would you and your crew like to join us on the ship Etoile?
I hope my disguise as Jean Baret will hold up, but I feel some suspicious looks already. Luckily, Captain de Giraudais freed up his cabin to Commerson and me due to all the equipment we need.
There have been rumors flying around about me possibly being a woman. Even Captain de Giraudais has asked me directly. I quickly made up a lie that I am a eunuch. Hopefully, that will quiet them down.
Our sister ship La Boudeuse ran into some trouble on her voyage. There are urgent reparations needed. Would you mind helping out?
Turns out the voyage surgeon, Vives, is the one spreading rumors about me. He claimed Commerson and I are a couple and I do not need such rumors flying around. Maybe I could bribe him with a bottle.
It is rumored that the waters surrounding South America are swarming with pirates. We are getting closer, so we should get some local guards. I am afraid they won't be for free.
Our voyage is nearing its first stop, Montevideo. The guards you arranged look capable, but we best set up some more armoring on the ship. There is no telling how the locals will react to our arrival.
Monsieur de Commerson has been seasick the whole voyage. He has also had recurring health issues with his legs. I am worried about his health. Maybe some food will make him feel better.
We are here at last, Montevideo! Want to hear a piece of good advice? I would harvest cocoa if I were you. It is priced very highly at markets in Europe and Asia, so it could be valuable to you.
Commerson's health issues mean that I will be stuck carrying all the equipment for our botanic expeditions. Could I get a couple of your men to help me out in exchange for that cocoa tip?
Our sister ship, La Boudeuse, needs some further repairs. The mechanics of its helm are shaky and if they were to break out on the seas, the result could be catastrophic.
The natives have been completely welcoming and friendly to us during our time here. We could reward them with some tools before we head out for Rio De Janeiro.
|16||Setting out for Rio|
Ultimately, our expeditions led to nothing in Montevideo, but at least the locals are friendly. No point in keeping the guards now. We should give them some money for ending their contracts early.
Now that the guards are off and we have some more room on board, we should get more lumber. You never know when we will need it for repairs or heat.
|18||Journey to Rio|
Back on the sea! Our anchor got damaged upon our departure, but surely your crew can fix it if they get the right material.
Thank you for repairing the anchor. Rio De Janeiro is just a day away now. We ought to catch enough fish to have supplies, there is no telling what kinds of food we can expect there.
They killed the chaplain! We arrived in Rio and the locals murdered the first man out of the ship! We should try to appease them with a gift. Hopefully, five cases of wine will get them to mellow out.
|21||Fear of locals|
The locals are slightly more friendly now, they liked the gift. Commerson insists on us going on an expedition but I still feel uncomfortable. Could some of your crew come with us?
Thanks to your crew's protection, Commerson and I were able to discover a beautiful, pink, thorny vine. We plan on naming it Bougainvillea after our voyage's leader. I need some cloth to preserve it.
|23||Keep them happy|
We are almost ready to continue our voyage. I think we should give them some tools to solidify our alliance and assure future visitors do not meet the end our chaplain did.
We were finally able to retrieve the chaplain's body. We must leave now before this shaky alliance falls apart again. We should build a casket so the body can be safely transported home.
We are now off to New Ireland, but we need to arrange the transportation of the chaplain's body back to France. We found a merchant ship but the price they are asking is quite high...
Once we arrived in New Ireland, the servants attacked me and stripped me. The whole crew now knows I am a woman and there is talk of mutiny or abandoning me. I need to protect myself.
|27||Scared for my life|
I am scared for my safety, despite having my own cabin. Not only is having me here illegal, but a woman on board is said to be bad luck. They are blaming me for the chaplain's death. Please help me.
|28||Dutch East Indies|
We are approaching the Dutch East Indies to get more supplies before heading for Africa. It is the market hub of Southeast Asia. This is where you can exchange the cocoa you got earlier!
Before we set out on our long voyage to Mauritius, we best get as much food as we can. We should purchase fish from the market and salt them to preserve them for longer.
We have arrived at Mauritius, but as we were finishing our voyage during stormy weather, the ship went hard ashore. Repairs need to be done to make sure the voyage can continue safely.
|31||An old friend|
As repairs continue, we found out that the governor here is Pierre Poivre, an old friend of Commerson. We might settle here for a while, the sea is not merciful to Commerson's health.
We have decided to stay here and continue our research. I suppose you will want to continue with the journey, but make sure to come and visit. Before you go, I would love some help building a house.
Thank you for your help with the house! I hope the rest of your voyage is successful and you do come back to Mauritius. We can keep some materials that the ship needs to leave behind here.
Ahoy, captain! Welcome back to Mauritius. Life has not been kind to me over the past few years. I can tell you all about it over a drink.
Our time here began pleasantly. We were taken care of by Governor Poivre and often went on expeditions to Madagascar and Bourbon Island, but our luck turned after Poivre was recalled back to France.
Once Poivre was recalled, our financial situation got worse as did Commerson's health. Commerson died in April, and I used the little money we had to send his body and findings to Paris.
I was left with little money and no way to get home from Mauritius. I found a job at a tavern in Port Louis and there I met Jean Dubernat, an officer of the French Army. It was love at first sight.
I am to marry Jean Dubernat. I have never been so sure of a decision in my life. After the wedding, we will head back to France. I know Commerson left me some money, we could use it to settle down.
I do have some debts to pay before I go. Would you mind helping me pay them off? I wouldn't want to leave here indebted to someone, but I know that we are friends and I can pay you back in France.
|40||My journey is done|
We will need food for this long journey. It seems that I will get to finish my voyage around the world at last. Thank you for all the help, captain, I could not have done it without you.