Statues - Hither & Thither

France
Saint-Amand-Montrond
Cher

Centre

Rue Benjamin Constant / Rue Desaix

Isabel Godin des Odonais

Riobamba (present Ecuador) 1728 - Saint-Amand Montrond 1792
traveller through the South American rain forest
(Wikipedia)
Fabien Latorre
1988

Saint-Amand-Montrond /  Isabel Godin des Odonais   Saint-Amand-Montrond /  Isabel Godin des Odonais

Description

Bronze bust.

Inscription(s)

ISABEL DE GODIN
1728-1792
en temoignage des liens historiques
entre
RIOBAMBA-EQUATEUR et ST AMAND
14 mai 1988

Signed: V. torre / 18-86

Annotation

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.

Sculptor

Sources & Information

Tags

Location N 46°43'9" E 2°30'19"

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