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MILLET, Bandonin Henry (rail-lay), Flemish adventurer, born in Malines in 1583; died there in 1651. The early part of his life is unknown, except that he served in the Spanish army, and afterward in the expedition of the French to Brazil in 1613 under La Renardiere. He received in 1629 from the Company of the Indies the command of an expedition for the discovery of the fabulous El Dorado and the gold lake of Parima, which was then supposed to exist somewhere in southern Guiana. The explorers advanced as far as Urariquira river, and descended it to the Maranon, but, the want of provisions and hostile Indians delaying their progress, they returned to Guiana, and only five reached Europe, the others having died from want and exhaustion during the journey. When the French settled again in Cayenne in 1643, Millet accompanied the expedition, and, a few years later, undertook a second journey for the discovery of the El Dorado. He met with no better success and returned to the colony, where , his knowledge of the Indian dialects secured him employment. The troubles that ruined the colony decided him to leave, as he had made a small fortune in his tradings with the Galibis, and he returned to his native town. He published "Voyage de l'ile de Cayenne, entrepris par des Francais en 1643," which contains a vocabulary of the Galibi dialect (Malines, 1649)" "Relation de l'expedition entreprise par les Prangais au Brasil en 1613" (1650)" and "Voyages 'a la decouverte de l'Eldo-rado et du lac d'or de Parime" (1651).
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