Who Was Jeanne Baret — The First Woman To Circumnavigate The Globe

Jeanne Baret was a pioneering botanist born during an era in which exploration was primarily the domain of men. However, she eventually became the first woman to circumnavigate the globe in 1774 after joining the first scientific voyage of the French navy.

Women were not allowed on French navy ships. Her lover, renowned naturalist Philibert Commerson, was assigned to go around the world on a voyage as chief naturalist. They devised a plan. Cabin mate and Commerson’s assistant, Jeanne Baret joined the crew as Commson’s…