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Montravel, the founder

Born in Vincennes, in 1811, Louis Tardy de Montravel proved to be a brilliant student during his time at Navel College.

From 1829, he sailed to the Antilles and South American, then to the Turkish coast.  As ship’s ensign, he was part of the Dumont-D’Urville expedition which discovered Adélie Land (Antartica) in January 1840.

Appointed Ship’s Lieutenant, he was sent to the Brazilian coast from 1841 to 1845 on a hydrographic mission.  Named a corvette captain in 1846, he commanded the Astrolabe from 1847 to 1850, always in South America.

It was while in the China Sea, in October 1853, as Captain of the Constantine, that he received orders sending him to New Caledonia.  He stayed here from 6 January to 31 October 1854.

From 1859 to 1863 he was Governor of Guyana and was promoted to Rear Admiral in January 1864.  He died in October of the same year at Elbeuf.

(sources: Sud Infos magazine, Benoît Delvinquier)