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12992000Île de la Barbade (Antilles)Cette île est une colonie britannique depuis 1627. C.-A. Lesueur, 1816Île de la Barbade (Antilles)Cette île est une colonie britannique depuis 1627. C.-A. Lesueur, 1816Zoom http://www.museum-lehavre.fr/sites/default/files/styles/exposition/public/multimedia/38021_detour.jpg?itok=OiM-hDwyMuséum du Havre
12882000Barbados (West Indies), C.-A. Lesueur, 1816C-A Lesueur, 1816Barbados (West Indies), C.-A....C-A Lesueur, 1816Zoom http://www.museum-lehavre.fr/sites/default/files/styles/exposition/public/multimedia/38032r_detour.jpg?itok=4H7j-welMuséum du Havre
1000681Guadeloupe (West Indies), C.-A. Lesueur, 1816« Nous (…) visitâmes la Pointe à Pitre et de ce point nous prîmes un canal qui nous conduisit en passant par la rivière Salée jusqu’à la Basse-Terre. Nous visitâmes les volcans de cette île. 13 croquis ». (Lesueur, 29 décembre 1815, Manuscrit Archives Nationales AJXV573). C.-A. Lesueur, 1816Guadeloupe (West Indies), C.-A....« Nous (…) visitâmes la Pointe à Pitre et de ce point nous prîmes un canal qui nous conduisit...Zoom http://www.museum-lehavre.fr/sites/default/files/styles/exposition_portrait/public/multimedia/38055r_detour.jpg?itok=RBM0PoCCMuséum du Havre
1000685Guadeloupe (West Indies), C.-A. Lesueur, 1816C.-A. Lesueur, 1816Guadeloupe (West Indies), C.-A....C.-A. Lesueur, 1816Zoom http://www.museum-lehavre.fr/sites/default/files/styles/exposition_portrait/public/multimedia/38060r_detour.jpg?itok=l2At-yKbMuséum du Havre
13772000La Grande Soufrière, a volcano in Guadeloupe (West Indies), C.-A. Lesueur, 1816La Grande Soufrière is one of nine active volcanoes in the Caribees, peaking at almost 1,500 m. Its last eruption dates back to 1976. The Volcanological and Seismological Observatory of Guadeloupe was established in 1989, taking over from the Institute of Earth Physics, created in 1950. Its aim is to provide information on the volcanic activity of the area.La Grande Soufrière, a volcano in...La Grande Soufrière is one of nine active volcanoes in the Caribees, peaking at almost 1,500 m....Zoom http://www.museum-lehavre.fr/sites/default/files/styles/exposition/public/multimedia/38062_detour.jpg?itok=5XALSQvAMuséum du Havre
6272000Tylosurus acus needle fish (Lacépède, 1803), C.-A. Lesueur, 1816This fish was observed in the Caribbean seas, near Guadeloupe (West Indies). The whole fish is accompanied by several detailed pictures, including a dissection figure.1816Tylosurus acus needle fish...This fish was observed in the Caribbean seas, near Guadeloupe (West Indies). The whole fish is...Zoom http://www.museum-lehavre.fr/sites/default/files/styles/exposition/public/multimedia/76005_detour.jpg?itok=GsA3SVTtMuséum du Havre
1000687Views of Sint Eustatius (West Indies), C.-A. Lesueur, 1816The Caribees are a volcanic area situated at the junction between the Atlantic and Caribbean tectonic plates.Views of Sint Eustatius (West...The Caribees are a volcanic area situated at the junction between the Atlantic and Caribbean...Zoom http://www.museum-lehavre.fr/sites/default/files/styles/exposition_portrait/public/multimedia/38071v_detour.jpg?itok=5vvbDyyAMuséum du Havre
1000678Tropical vegetation on Sint Eustatius (West Indies), C.-A. Lesueur, 1816The Lesser Antilles are located in a humid tropical region situated on the path of hurricanes.Tropical vegetation on Sint...The Lesser Antilles are located in a humid tropical region situated on the path of hurricanes.Zoom http://www.museum-lehavre.fr/sites/default/files/styles/exposition_portrait/public/multimedia/38074r_detour.jpg?itok=GYsD-zZHMuséum du Havre
1000686View of the harbour of Sint Eustatius (West Indies), C.-A. Lesueur, 1816The first inhabitants of Sint Eustatius settled on the island during the 15th century. Today, almost 3,000 people live on the island, including a vast majority of descendants of African slaves. Sint Eustatius has been a special municipality of the Netherlands since 2010 (Sint Eustatius has witnessed a change of colonial power over 20 times).View of the harbour of Sint...The first inhabitants of Sint Eustatius settled on the island during the 15th century. Today,...Zoom http://www.museum-lehavre.fr/sites/default/files/styles/exposition_portrait/public/multimedia/38079r_detour.jpg?itok=ZV9rRG8AMuséum du Havre
1000682Departure from Saint-Croix (West Indies) to New York, C.-A. Lesueur, April 23rd 1816 Today, Saint-Croix is a constituent district of the United States Virgin Islands. The island was dicovered by Christopher Columbus at the end of the 15th century.Departure from Saint-Croix (West...Today, Saint-Croix is a constituent district of the United States Virgin Islands. The island was...Zoom http://www.museum-lehavre.fr/sites/default/files/styles/exposition_portrait/public/multimedia/38081r_detour.jpg?itok=Lve8XF7wMuséum du Havre
6472000Odontaspis taurus sharks (Rafinesque, 1810)As soon as he reached the United States, Lesueur began to write an « Ichthyological report of America » : he wished to identify and describe all shallow water fish in the United States. He was not able to see this project through, but during the 21 years he spent in America, he wrote several articles on the subject.Odontaspis taurus sharks...As soon as he reached the United States, Lesueur began to write an « Ichthyological report of...Zoom http://www.museum-lehavre.fr/sites/default/files/styles/exposition/public/multimedia/76074_detour.jpg?itok=0EUcagFDMuséum du Havre

Les Antilles - Voyage vers New York

La présence française aux Antilles remonte au 17ème siècle, par l’installation de comptoirs et des prises de possession de terres par le pouvoir royal ou des personnages fortunés. Sous Louis XIV, Colbert organise la Compagnie des Indes occidentales pour briser la toute puissance commerciale hollandaise.

Au 18ème siècle les îles deviennent un centre important de la traite des Noirs : Antillais et Africains déportés. Après la Guerre de Sept Ans (1757-1763), la domination anglaise relaie la domination française. L’apparition du concept de race participe de la justification de l’esclavage.

Le 19ème siècle voit cependant la suppression progressive de l’esclavage par les pays colonisateurs : Angleterre, Suède, Pays-Bas, France, Espagne. 1873 marque la fin de l’esclavage aux Antilles, après plus de trois siècles et demi de pratique.

Lorsque Lesueur et Maclure font escale aux Antilles fin décembre 1815, Lesueur dessine des plantations : on y reconnaît des esclaves noirs.

Les bords de mer constituent un lieu intense de collecte d’animaux marins et l’intérieur des terres dévoile des roches volcaniques et basaltiques.

Le départ pour les Etats-Unis a lieu le 23 avril 1816. Les eaux du golfe du Mexique offrent encore nombre d’espèces marines.

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