Jean Audobon (1744 - 1818)

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Birthplace: Nantes ou Sables d'Ollone, France
Death: Died in Nantes, France
Occupation: Capitaine de Vaisseaux au Long Court
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About Jean Audobon

Owned a sugar plantation on the Island of Saint Domique and was the father of the famous naturalist John James Audobon. He was a French Naval Officer (and privateer) who had a Spanish Creole mistress from Louisiana called Jeanne Rabin, who died while John Audobon was still and infant.

During the American Revolution, Jean Audubon was imprisoned by the British and after release helped the American cause. A slave rebellion in 1788 forced Audubon to sell his holdings and return to France with his three year old son and illegitimate infant daughter. Audubon was raised by his stepmother, Anne Moynet in Nantes, France to whom his father was already married for many years. He was formally adopted in March 1789 and named Jean-Jacques Fougere Audubon, which he later Americanized to John James Audubon upon boarding ship for his migration to America in 1803 at age 18

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October 11, 1744
Nantes ou Sables d'Ollone, France
April 26, 1785
Age 40
Saint Domingue, Distrito Nacional, Hispaniola
February 19, 1818
Age 73
Nantes, France