Inspired by Adventerous Women :: Jeanne Baret

Back in the late 18th century, French explorer Jeanne Baret became the first woman ever to circumnavigate the Earth. As the French Navy didn’t allow women on its ships, she had to do it in the guise of a man. Baret had been in a relationship with renowned naturalist Philibert Commerçon. When he embarked on a round-the-world expedition in 1766, she bound her breasts, called herself Jean, and came aboard as his valet and assistant. For three years she traveled on a ship with 300 men, and her gender was ultimately discovered during the voyage. Still, the brave adventurer earned her place in the history of early female explorers.
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