Ernest Doudart de Lagrée

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Ernest Doudart de Lagrée, from Voyage d'exploration en Indo-Chine

Ernest Marc Louis de Gonzague Doudart de Lagrée (French pronunciation:  [ɛʁnɛst dudaʁ də laɡʁe] ; March 31, 1823 March 12, 1868) was the leader of the French Mekong Expedition of 1866-1868. [1]


He was born in Saint-Vincent-de-Mercuze near Grenoble, France, and graduated from the École Polytechnique. [2] He joined the navy and served in the Crimean War, then took up a post in Indochina in the hope that the climate would help his chronically ulcerated throat. It did not, and throughout the Mekong expedition he was often in severe pain.

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The expedition left Saigon on June 5, 1866. In addition to his ulcers, Doudart de Lagrée suffered from fever, amoebic dysentery and infected wounds caused by leeches, as the expeditioners had to walk barefoot once they had worn out their supply of shoes. By the time the expedition reached Dongchuan, in Yunnan, China, he was too sick to be moved, and his second-in-command Francis Garnier took command. Garnier led the expedition to Dali, leaving Doudart de Lagrée in the care of the doctor. He died from an abscess on his liver. The doctor removed his heart to return it to France, while Doudart de Lagrée was buried in Dongchuan.

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Ernest Doudart de Lagrée was also an entomologist. Insect collections made by him in Africa are conserved in Muséum national d'histoire naturelle in Paris. [3]


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  1. "Delaporte, Louis (1842-1925)". Musée Guimet. Archived from the original on 30 September 2011. Retrieved 10 July 2011. Choisi pour ses talents de dessinateur, Delaporte accompagne la Mission Doudart de Lagrée explorant le cours du Mekong.
  2. "Ernest DOUDART de LAGRÉE". Angkor Wat Online. Retrieved 10 July 2011. Ce marin est aussi un passionné d’archéologie. Le Cambodge lui doit beaucoup pour ses recherches sur l’art khmer. Le 5 juin 1866, Doudart de Lagrée quitte Saigon, à la tête d’une expédition qui doit remonter le Mékong. Elle est de retour le 19 juin 1868. La mission fut un succès, mais le capitaine de frégate Ernest Doudart de Lagrée était décédé le 12 Mars à Tong-Tchouen en Chine terrassé par la maladie.
  3. "Groll, E. K. Biografien der Entomologen der Welt : Datenbank".[ permanent dead link ]