Jeanne Baret


Portrait de Jeanne Barret, circa 1806 Public domain

Baret was the first woman known to circumnavigate the globe. But her experience wasn’t just about the travel – she was working, and her work took her to places that were totally unexpected for someone of her gender and economic class in the 18th century.

Tracy's Research:

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Topics in this Podcast: 18th century, botany, biographies, women, explorers, science history, European history, French history