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LESCAN, Agnes Francois (les-con), French naval officer, born in Brest in November, 1728; died there in April, 1794. He gained reputation as commander of a privateer in the West Indies, and became a lieutenant in the navy in 1752, serving afterward in Canada and doing good service at the siege of Quebec in 1759. At the conclusion of peace in 1763 he re-entered the merchant navy, but soon left it again, and was employed on different commissions in Martinique and Santo Domingo, commanding for some time the navy in Guadeloupe. He served during the whole of the war of American independence, fought under Destouches and De Grasse at Newport, under De Guiehen near Dominica against Rodney in April and May, 1781, and at Yorktown in October. He received from Louis XVI. the brevet of commander and the cross of Saint Louis, and served again in Santo Domingo in 1790. Being severely wounded during the ensuing troubles, he was compelled to retire in 1791. He published "Memoires d'un loup de met; ses campagnes en Amerique" (Brest, 1792).
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