John James Audubon was a French - American ornithologist

Thursday, April 28, 2011

John James Audubon (Jean-Jacques Audubon) was a French - American ornithologist, naturalist, hunter, and painter. He paints, catalog, and describe the birds of North America is far superior to the painter before him.

Jean Jacques Audubon was born in Les Cayes in the French colony of Saint-Domingue (now Haiti). He was the illegitimate son of Lieutenant Jean Audubon, a French naval officer with his mistress named Jeanne Rabin, a waiter who had just arrived from France. They gave the name of Jean Rabin. His mother died when the boy a few months old, because he had been suffering from tropical diseases since arriving on the island.
His father already had two children by her mixed-race mulatto housekeeper named Sanitte, and he also had another daughter after the death of Jeanne Rabin. Sanitte also caring for a baby boy Jean.

During the American Revolution, Jean Audubon was imprisoned by the British Empire. After his release, he helped a slave revolt in Saint-Domingue in 1788 Audubon convince Jean to sell the property and returned to France with a French boy and baby daughter mixed race, a very reasonable price (he was the son of Sanitte).

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