ISABEL DE GODIN
en temoignage des liens historiques
RIOBAMBA-EQUATEUR et ST AMAND
14 mai 1988
Signed: V. torre / 18-86
Isabel Godin des Odonais, daughter of Don Pedro Gramesón y Bruno, an administrator in Riobamba, a Spanish colonial city in the Viceroy of Peru, married in 1741 Jean Godin des Odonais was a French cartographer and naturalist who had joined the world's first geodesy expedition to the equator.
In 1749, Jean Godin des Odonais, left their home in Riobamba to visit French Guiana. As a French citizen, he was refused permission by the Spanish and Portuguese authorities to return for his family. Isabel Godin des Odonais became famous for being the only survivor of a 42-person, 3000-mile expedition through the Amazon Basin to rejoin her husband. They were reunited in 1770 and later returned to France together.
Her long journey, from western Peru to the mouth of the Amazon River, is without equal in the history of South America. Her story has been often repeated and inspired popular misconceptions of the dangers of the tropical rain forest.
- Fabien Latorre,
Sources & Information
- Saint-Amand-Montrond, Saint-Amand: une ville d'or au fil de ses oeuvres... (PDF on-line).
Location N 46°43'9" E 2°30'19"
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