Doudart de Lagree, Ernest
|Birthname||Ernest Marie Louis de Gonzague Doudart de Lagrée|
|born on||31 March 1823 at 22:00 (= 10:00 PM )|
|Place||Saint-Vincent-de-Mercuze, France, 45n2230, 5e5702|
|Timezone||LMT m5e5702 (is local mean time)|
|Astrology data||10°22' 10°36 Asc. 21°29'|
French explorer and military leader, who headed the French Mekong Expedition of 1866-1868.
The expedition left Saigon on 5 June 1866. In addition to ulcers, Doudart de Lagrée suffered from fever, amoebic dysentery and infected wounds caused by leeches, as the expeditioners had to walk barefoot once they had worn out their supply of shoes. By the time the expedition reached Dongchuan, in Yunnan, China, he was too sick to be moved, and his second-in-command Francis Garnier took command. Garnier led the expedition to Dali, leaving Doudart de Lagrée in the care of the doctor. He died on 12 March 1868 from an abscess on his liver.
Ernest Doudart de Lagrée was also an entomologist. Insect collections made by him in Africa are conserved in Muséum national d'histoire naturelle in Paris.
Birth certificate in Didier Geslain archive, 'marins a-g' pdf file, p. 102.
- Vocation : Military : Military career
- Vocation : Science : Biology (Entomologist)
- Vocation : Travel : Explorer