La Bourdonnais, Bertrand François, comte Mahé de
La Bourdonnais, Bertrand François, comte Mahé de(bĕrträN` fräNswä`, kôNt mäā` də lä bo͝ordônā`), 1699–1753, French naval officer. He entered the service of the French India Company and in 1724 distinguished himself in the capture of Mahé (named in his honor). Governor of Île de France and Île de Bourbon (later Mauritius and Réunion; 1735–46), he was placed (1740) in command of the French fleet in India. He relieved Mahé (1741), and after the outbreak of hostilities with Great Britain captured (1746) Madras (now Chennai), but he quarreled with Joseph François DupleixDupleix, Joseph François
, 1697–1763, French colonial administrator in India. He went to India in 1721 as an officer of the French East India Company. In 1731 he was appointed governor of Chandannagar, where he made a considerable fortune, and in 1742 he became
..... Click the link for more information. and was removed (1746) from his governorship. On his return to France he was imprisoned (1748) in the Bastille on charges of poor administration and embezzlement. In 1751 he was tried and acquitted, largely through pressure of popular opinion.
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