, born in 1729 in St Cannat castle ( in the Bouches du Rhône department, near Aix en Provence ) was a prodigious seaman and an extraordinary character. Very intelligent, with an uncompromising personality, he was a military genius. He was loved by some and hated by others. After a rather slow and ordinary career, he was noticed by the Duke
who sent him to the Indies to fight against the English in 1781.
In three years, he beat the English on sea 5 times, saved Cape Colony and imposed French supremacy in the Indies and in Ceylon. All of this amidst the greatest material and moral difficulties.
In the Order of Malta, to which he had been attached since childhood, he became Bailiff and is still known by this title. He revolutionised naval strategy and influenced it at least until the end of the 19th century.
One mystery remains about this colourful character ; the cause of his death about which a multitude of hypotheses have been made.
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