The beinecke lesser antilles collection at hamilton college: a catalogue of books, manuscripts, print


Benoît Chassériau (also known as Benito Chassériau or Chasserieux) (19 August 1780 – 27 September 1844) was a French diplomat, French spy and Minister of the Interior of Simón Bolívar in Cartagena, Colombia [1] [2] He was the father of the artist Théodore Chassériau .

Benoît Chassériau came very early in the administration and made the memorable Egypt campaign. Although very young, he administered as Financial Controller, two important provinces of Upper Egypt from 1798 to 1801 under the command of general François-Étienne Damas and then under general Augustin-Daniel Belliard.

In 1813 Simón Bolívar appointed Chassériau Minister of the Interior and the Police in Cartagena, Colombia with his friend Antoine Leleux, who had the portfolio of War. [1] [2] [3]

Benoît Chassériau as commander [4] took a very active part in the first expedition led by independent against Portobelo ( Panama ) and Santa Marta . He left Cartagena with 460 men on board 8 schooners and attacked Portobelo (Panama) on 16 January 1814. This expedition was a failure and was rejected by the Spanish royalists controlled by governor Joaquín Rodríguez Valcárcel. The second expedition conducted in 1819 by Scottish general Gregor MacGregor was a success.

At that time, Benoît Chassériau belonged to the Masonic Lodge of Cartagena “Las Tres Virtudes Teologales”, as did many revolutionaries including the clergyman Juan Fernandez de Sotomayor, the future bishop of Cartagena. Benoît Chassériau was the representative of the lodge to the Grand Orient of France. Belonging to a lodge was more a sign of adherence to philosophical or religious principles in a revolutionary goal for freedom and against Spain.

Returned to France in 1822, François-René de Chateaubriand , then Minister of Foreign Affairs, sent him on a foreign posting from 1823 until 1824. [5] Chateaubriand gave two informal postings to Benoît Chassériau: the first mission was to ensure the mediation of France between Spain and the new state and the second mission to facilitate trade relations between Colombia and the French Caribbean colonies, mainly Martinique . [6]


the beinecke lesser antilles collection at hamilton.

Beinecke Lesser Antilles Collection

    Benoît Chassériau (also known as Benito Chassériau or Chasserieux) (19 August 1780 – 27 September 1844) was a French diplomat, French spy and Minister of the Interior of Simón Bolívar in Cartagena, Colombia [1] [2] He was the father of the
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