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ST MALO M D LABOURDONNAIS STATUE ROND PT ILE MAURICE
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BISHOP ROGER AND ANAIS ON ST MALO FORTIFIED CITY WALLS
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MONT ST MICHEL AND THE MAJESTIC ABBEY
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JERSEY ISLAND
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Bishop Roger Chung Po Chuen Jaomalaza visits the Mont St Michel in basse Normandie- Britanny, Jersey Frog island and St Malo where former French MAHE DE LABOURDONNAIS Governor of Mauritius ( Isle de France) was born.....
 
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July 13, 2009

[Diocese of Antsiranana - Indian Ocean] La Bourdonnais was born on 11 February 1699 in Saint-Malo, Brittany. He went to sea when a boy, and in 1718 entered the service of the French East India Company as a lieutenant. In 1724 he was promoted captain, and displayed such bravery in the capture of Mahé off the Malabar Coast that the name of the town was added to his own. For two years he was in the service of the Portuguese Viceroy of Goa, but in 1735 he returned to French service as governor of the Île de France (Mauritius) and the Île de Bourbon (Réunion). His first five years' administration of the islands was vigorous and successful. A visit to France in 1740 was interrupted by the outbreak of hostilities with Great Britain, and La Bourdonnais was put at the head of a fleet in Indian waters.
Surrender of the City of Madras in 1746 to de La Bourdonnais, by Jacques François Joseph Swebach.

He saved Mahé, relieved General Dupleix at Pondicherry, defeated Lord Peyton (d.1749), and in 1746 participated in the Siege of Madras. He quarrelled with Dupleix over the conduct of affairs in India, and his anger was increased on his return to the Île de France, when he found that Dupleix had appointed a successor as governor. He set sail on a Dutch vessel to present his case at court, and was captured by the British, but allowed to return to France on parole. Instead of securing a settlement of his quarrel with Dupleix, he was arrested (1748) on a charge of gubernatorial speculation and maladministration, and secretly imprisoned for over two years in the Bastille. He was tried in 1751 and acquitted, but his health was broken by the imprisonment and by chagrin at the loss of his property. To the last he made unjust accusations against Dupleix. He died at Paris on 10 November 1753. The French government gave his widow a pension of 2400 livres.
Statue in Saint-Denis, Réunion

Several places were named after him and including Mahé (Seychelles), Mahébourg (Mauritius) . Port Louis, Mauritius has a hotel which bears his name, the Labourdonnais Waterfront Hotel.
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La Bourdonnais left memoirs which were published by his grandson, a celebrated chess player, Count Louis-Charles Mahé de La Bourdonnais (1795–1840). He also wrote Traité de la mâture des vaisseaux (Paris, 1723).