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Louis Antoine de Bougainville

Louis-Antoine, comte de Bougainville (November 12 1729 Paris - August 20 1811 Paris) was a French navigator and military commander.

Early career

Bougainville was born in Paris, the son of a notary. In early life, he studied law, but soon abandoned the profession, and in 1753 entered the army in the corps of musketeers. At the age of twenty-five he published a treatise on the integral calculus, as a supplement to De l'Hopital's treatise, Des infiniment petits.

In 1755 he was sent to London as secretary to the French embassy, and was made a member of the Royal ...

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