Auguste Febvrier Despointes

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Auguste Febvrier-Despointes
Admiral Febvrier des Pointes 1796 1855.jpg
Born 1796
Le Vauclin, Martinique
Died 5 March 1855 (age 58/59)
Pacific Ocean, off the coast of Peru
Allegiance  France
Service/branch  French Navy
Years of service 1811–53
Rank Counter admiral (contre-amiral)
Battles/wars Siege of Petropavlovsk
Relations Anne Élisabeth Papin-Thévigné (wife)

Auguste Febvrier-Despointes (1796 - 5 March 1855) was a French counter admiral. He served as the first commandant of New Caledonia from 24 September 1853 to 1 January 1854.[1]

Life[edit]

Despointes entered the French Navy school at Brest in September 1811 and in 1844 married Anne Élisabeth Papin-Thévigné. He was promoted to commander on 10 December 1850 and contre-amiral on 2 April 1851, he became major general of the fleet at Brest and then, in 1852, rose to commander of France's naval division in Oceania and the west American coast. He officially took possession of New Caledonia in the name of France on 24 September 1853 before taking part in the far eastern theatre of the Crimean War in 1854, including the siege of Petropavlovsk. He then fell ill, dying on board his ship in 1855; his body was returned to France in 1856.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "New Caledonia". World Statesmen.org. Archived from the original on 22 June 2011. Retrieved 14 June 2011.