General Thomas-Alexandre Dumas

Painting of General Thomas-Alexandre Dumas by Olivier Pichat Public domain

General Dumas sounds like a character out of one of his son’s books. Because he pretty much was. His life is a series of dramatic and daring adventures, including an impressive rise up through the ranks of the French military.

Tracy's Research:

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Topics in this Podcast: 18th century, biographies, black history, military history, french revolution, France, European history, Caribbean history