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Chardin, Sir John [Jean] (1643–1712), traveller and merchant, was born in Paris on 16 November 1643 and baptized on 24 November at the protestant temple at Charenton, near Paris, the eldest son of Daniel Chardin, a merchant-jeweller in the place Dauphiné in Paris...

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Fontane, Theodor (1819–1898), novelist and travel writer, was born in Neuruppin, Brandenburg, Prussia, on 30 December 1819, the son of Louis Henri Fontane (1796–1867), apothecary, and his wife, Emilie (d. 1869). Of French descent, he was baptized Henri Théodore Fontane, but was usually known by his German name. When he was eight his family moved to ...

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Leguat, François (1638–1735), traveller and author, was probably born in October 1638 at St Jean-sur-Veyle, in the province of Bresse, France, the son of Huguenot parents. He was possibly a descendant of Pierre le Guat, seigneur de la Fougère and secretary to the ...

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Misson, Francis Maximilian [formerly François Maximilien] (c. 1650–1722), traveller and author, was born in Lyons, France, the eldest of four children of Jacques Misson (b. 1619, d. in or after 1695), originally from Niort and later pastor at St Mère-Eglise in ...

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Platter, Thomas (1574–1628), physician and traveller, was born on 24 July 1574 in the protestant city of Basel, Switzerland, the elder son among six children of Thomas Platter (1499–1582), schoolmaster, and his second wife, Hester Gross or Grossmann (b. 1547). Thomas the elder...

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César-François de Saussure (1705–1783) by Joseph Lander, 1758 Musée Historique de Lausanne

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Saussure, César-François [César] de (1705–1783), travel writer, was baptized in Lausanne, Pays de Vaud, Switzerland, on 24 June 1705, the eldest of the three sons and two daughters of François-Louis de Saussure (bap. 1676, d. 1724), minister of the Reformed church, and his wife, ...