Bougainville

bougainville

This caractère room of 20m2, with it's natural and soft tones, wood ceiling and exposed beam, is composed with an independant bathroom with one vask, bathtub, towel dryer and hair dryer. It is equiped with a king size bed of 160.

 

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A piece of history

Louis Antoine de Bougainville was born on November 11, 1729 in Paris. Coming from a bourgeois family, he is the son of a notary and alderman of the city of Paris.

He undertakes long studies at the University College and marks special skills for mathematics. In 1754 he publish a treatise on integral calculus which has retained a certain reputation.

He became a lawyer, but he quickly gave up this career to embrace the military path. He entered the Black Musketeers and became General Chevert's aide-de-camp. In 1756 he was part of the Canadian expedition under Montcalm.

In 1759 Bougainville was promoted colonel. In 1763, he left the army to enter the navy where he was appointed captain of the ship. With two ships, Aigle and Sphinx, he left to found a colony in the Malvinas Islands. Three years later, by order of King Louis XV, he handed the Malouines to the Spaniards, whom the English will soon take back to give them the name of Falklands.

In 1766 he undertakes the journey around the world that will make him famous. With “Boudeuse” and “L'Étoile”, he left Brest in 1766. Through the Strait of Magellan he won the South Seas. His journey took him to New Cythera in April 1768 (Tahiti), then to Samoa, the Great Cyclades (New Hebrides), New Britain (Bismarck Islands), New Guinea, Mauritius. After crossing the Cape of Good Hope, it goes back to Saint-Malo, where it dock after two and a half years of travel. His story published in 1771 under the name of "Voyage around the world" is a huge success.

He plans a new discovery trip to the North Pole, but the Minister of Brienne refuses him this favor. In 1790, he received the command of the Brest fleet, but unable to appease the troubles that occur there, he left the navy after having refused the ministry in 1792 to devote himself to the study of sciences.

Bougainville is arrested during the Terror and released following the fall of Robespierre. In 1796, he was elected a member of the Institute and a member of the Bureau des Longitudes. Bonaparte the height of dignity: senator in 1799, grand officer of the Legion of Honor in 1804, Earl of Empire in 1808.

He presides the War Council which judges the persons responsible for the disaster of Trafalgar in 1809. This will be his last official function. He died on August 31, 1811.