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Jean Barbot (1655 - 1712)

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Jean "John" Barbot aka Barbeau
Born in Saint-Martin-de-Ré Francemap
Son of [father unknown] and [mother unknown]
[sibling(s) unknown]
[spouse(s) unknown]
[children unknown]
Died in South Hampton, Englandmap
Profile last modified 10 Feb 2020 | Created 17 Feb 2016 | Last significant change: 10 Feb 2020
23:25: Gerald Baraboo edited the Biography for Jean Barbot (1655-1712). [Thank Gerald for this]
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Jean Barbot has French origins.
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This profile is part of the Barbeau Name Study.

Research Notes

Note: His surname variants include: Barbot, Barbeau, Barbotin

Note: He may have changed his surname from Barbeau to Barbot during his Huguenot Migration. Sources are needed. Baraboo-1 18:20, 10 November 2018 (UTC)

Historical Biography

" Jean ( 1655–1712 ), French Huguenot (Commercial Agent) slave trader who made two voyages to the Guinea Coast of tropical West Africa, one in 1678–1679 and the other in 1681–1682 . Barbot fled to England in 1685 as a refugee. He never returned to France , nor did he ever go to sea again. Before departing for England, Barbot wrote in French an account of his short visits to Guinea , and this document was published in 1688 . Twenty years after his death in 1712 , a volume twice as long as the first was published in English. In 1992 , an English translation of..."

Jean Barbot (Barbeau) (1655—1712)

French Huguenot slave trader who made two voyages to the Guinea Coast of tropical West Africa, one in 1678–1679 and the other in 1681–1682. Barbot fled to England in ..."

French variation:

Protestant, employé par la Compagnie du Sénégal, qui développe le commerce triangulaire, et notamment la traite d'esclaves1, il rédige deux récits de ses expéditions sur les côtes africaines, un premier récit en 1678-1679, qui est conservé, et un second récit correspondant aux années 1681-1682, qui n'est pas édité.

En octobre 1678, il voyage ainsi aux Canaries, passe par le Cap-Vert, voyage en Sierra Leone et dans l'actuel Ghana avant de rejoindre Cayenne puis la Martinique et la Guadeloupe (septembre 1679).

En octobre 1681, il remonte le fleuve Sénégal, atteint l'île Principe et regagne de nouveau la Martinique et la Guadeloupe (septembre 1682).

La révocation de l’édit de Nantes en 1685 le pousse à quitter la France, il se réfugie alors en Angleterre où il meurt, à Southampton, en 1712.


Son journal a été publié en 1992 sous le titre Barbot on Guinea : the writings of Jean Barbot on West Africa (Londres, Hakluyt Society). Journal d'un voyage de traite en Guinée, à Cayenne et aux Antilles fait par Jean Barbot en 1678-1679 ; présenté, publié et annoté par Gabriel Debien, Marcel Delafosse et Guy Thilmans, Bulletin de l'Institut fondamental d'Afrique noire, Dakar, t.40, série B, no2, p. 236-395.

(Article) P.E.H Hair, "An accomplish'd traveller will take draughts" : Barbot's illustrations of Guinea, Annual report of The Hakluyt Society, 1991, pages 12–20. (Article) Robin Law, Jean Barbot as a source for the slave coast of West Africa, History in Africa, Vol. 9, (1982), p. 155-173. Cet article met en garde contre l'utilisation du récit de Jean Barbot, qu'il considère comme utilisant des sources secondaires, comme source historique. (Ouvrage) Toyin Falola, Amanda Warnock, Encyclopedia of the Middle Passage, 2007, p. 53 (Lire en ligne) Document utilisé pour la rédaction de l’article François Angelier, Dictionnaire des Voyageurs et Explorateurs occidentaux, Pygmalion, 2011, p. 89 "

Family Information

Jean Barbot

Jean Barbot born in Saint-Martin-de-Ré 25 May 1655 and died in Southampton , December 27, 1712, is a French explorer and trader.

Protestant , employed by the Company of Senegal , which develops the triangular trade, including the slave 1 , he wrote two accounts of his expeditions on the African coast, the first story in 1678 to 1679, which is preserved, and a second account corresponding to the 1681-1682 years, which is not edited.

In October 1678, he traveled and the Canaries , passes by Cape Verde , travel in Sierra Leone and in the current Ghana before joining Cayenne then Martinique and Guadeloupe (September 1679).

In October 1681, he goes up the Senegal River , reached the island Principe and returned again Martinique and Guadeloupe (September 1682).

The revocation of the Edict of Nantes in 1685 led him to leave France, he took refuge in England, where he died at Southampton in 1712.

Author Works

His diary was published in 1992 under the title Barbot we Guinea: the writings of Jean Barbot is West Africa (London, Hakluyt Society). Diary of a trading voyage in Guinea, Cayenne and the Caribbean made ​​by Jean Barbot in 1678-1679; displayed, published and annotated by Gabriel Debien, Marcel Delafosse and Guy Thilmans, Bulletin of the Fundamental Institute of Black Africa , Dakar, T.40, Series B, n o 2, pp. 236-395 .[1]

References [2] [3] [4] [5]


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  2. [((Article) PEH Hair, "An accomplish'd traveler will take drafts" Barbot's illustrations of Guinea, Annual report of The Hakluyt Society , 1991. 12-20 pages.)]
  3. [((Article) Robin Law, Jean Barbot as a source for the slave coast of West Africa, History in Africa , Vol. 9, (1982), p. 155-173 . )]
  4. [((Books) Toyin Falola, Amanda Warnock, Encyclopedia of the Middle Passage , 2007, p. 53)]
  5. [(François Angelier , Dictionary Western Travellers and Explorers , Pygmalion, 2011, p. 89")]


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Submitted by family researcher:

" Dear Sir, many thanks for your note about Jean Barbot who is my ancestor. Solms- Koertz- Berboth- Delveau (vel Delwo) - Kostecki. My family is small Polish nobility originating from the village Kostki in the region of Kielce in central Poland in 14. century. After the partition of the Kingdom of Poland (1772 - 1794) my Kostecki ancestors moved to towns and exercised various professions. It is my grand grand father Karol (Charles) who married Regina Delwo in the town of Kalush in second half of 19. century. Most of their grand grand children live today in Us, Germany, France and Canada. I am based in Geneva, Switzerland. Kind regards, Michel Kostecki"

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