Jean Baptiste Christophore Fusée Aublet

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Fusée Aublet (1720-1778)

Jean Baptiste Christophore Fusée Aublet[1] (November 4, 1720 – May 6, 1778) was a French pharmacist, botanist and explorer.

Born in Salon-de-Provence, he joined the French East India Company and in 1752 was sent to Mauritius (then known as l'Île de France) to establish a pharmacy and a botanical garden. He worked there for nine years. During this time he was accused of having destroyed plants from the collection of Pierre Poivre, being jealous of the latter's success.[2]

In 1762 he was sent to Cayenne in French Guiana, where he assembled a vast herbarium which allowed him to prepare his Histoire des plantes de la Guiane françoise, published in 1775 and including almost 400 copperplate engravings.

When Fusée Aublet died at Paris in 1778, he left his herbarium to Jean-Jacques Rousseau, though the latter possessed it for only two months before he too died. It was eventually acquired by the Muséum national d'Histoire naturelle in 1953.

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  1. ^ IPNI gives this form of his name; however, his surnames are sometimes hyphenated, as Fusée-Aublet, his first names may also be hyphenated, and "Christophore" is sometimes given as "Christian".
  2. ^ Allain Yves-Marie (2004). "La guerre des épices". In P. Morat, G.-G. Aymonin & J.-C. Jolinon (eds). L’Herbier du monde. Cinq siècles d’aventures et de passions botaniques au Muséum national d’histoire naturelle. Paris: Muséum national d’histoire naturelle de Paris; Les Arènes/L’iconoclaste. pp. 54–61. 
  3. ^ "Author Query for 'Aubl.'". International Plant Names Index. 

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