samedi 16 août 2008

Rue de La Bourdonnais

A man installed his repair shop on a sidewalk of Rue Labourdonnais in Pondicherry.
Mahé de La Bourdonnai, naval officer. He entered the service of the French India Company and in 1724 distinguished himself in the capture of Mahé . Governor of Île de France and Île de Bourbon (later Mauritius and Réunion; 1735–46), he was placed (1740) in command of the French fleet in India. He relieved Mahé (1741), and after the outbreak of hostilities with Great Britain captured (1746) Madras, but he quarreled with Joseph François Dupleix and was removed (1746) from his governorship. On his return to France he was imprisoned (1748) in the Bastille on charges of poor administration and embezzlement. In 1751 he was tried and acquitted, largely through pressure of popular opinion.

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