Google recalls in its doodle the birth of Jeanne Baret, the first woman to go around the world


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Jeanne Baret was born on 27 July 1740 in the city of Autun, in central France.

Amele recalls the birth of French botany and explorer Jeanne Baret, who became the first woman to go around the world. Born on 27 July 1740 in the city of Autun, in central France, he died on 5 August 1807 in that country .

Thanks to a rural education, she became an expert in identifying plants and gained recognition as a local specialist in plant medicine. In the early 1760s, he began working for the famous botanist Philibert Commerson, as Google in his official blog recalls.

When France organized its first round-the-world tour in 1765, Commerson was invited as a botanist of the group. At the time, French law forbade the presence of women on navy ships, so in order to be part of the expedition, Baret posed as a man.

Together with Commerson, they collected and studied more than 6,000 plant specimens during the three-year voyage aboard the ship Atoile (Star). Samples were sampled by Brazil, the Strait of Magellan, Tahiti, the islands of Madagascar and Mauritius. Among Jeanne Baret's contributions is the first description of the vine.

In fact, today many credit Baretel with the European discovery of the now famous bougainvillea vine. That is why in the doodle, you can see a vine of bougainvillea in bloom, which envelops Baret aboard the Atoile.

Jeane Baret is considered the first woman to go around the world.

In 1768 her companions discovered that she was a woman and was forced to disembark, along with Commerson, on Mauritius. The biologist died there and Baret worked for a few years in a tavern in Port Louis, so he could support himself.

Some time later he met a Frace naval officer, Jean Dubernat, whom he married on 17 May 1774 at port Louis Cathedral. They then returned together to France, thus completing the round-the-world.

Whunly returning, Baret took the botanical samples they took alongside Commerson, there were about 6,000 species, among which 3,000 were considered entirely new. Despite her scientific contributions, history left her forgotten for centuries.

Jeanne Baret had to pose as a man in order to board, as at the time it was forbidden for women to be on navy ships.

Recognition of her role as the first woman to turn the globe around and her scientific works were completely relegated until the publication, in 2010, of the book The Discovery of Jeanne Baret, by the writer Glynis Ridley.

In 2012, Baret was given a botanical honor when a newly discovered plant of the genus Solanum, which includes potatoes, tomatoes and aubergines, was named after the species Baretiae.

About the creation of the doodle

The doodle was designed by artist Sophie Diao. Consulted by Google on what the process of creating this design was like, the author said: "I started by gathering references that could be inspiring: nautical maps from the 1760s, botanical samples, illustrations previously made by Jeanne Baret. Ary that the doodle combined her botanical side with her adventurous side .

As for what he expects users to stay when he looks at this graph, he said he expects them to see that "the story is full of unique stories of adventurers like Jeanne Baret, and sometimes the truth is stranger than fiction."


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