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LASSERRE, Charles Louis, Chevalier de (las'sair), West Indian naval officer, born in Le Cap, Santo Domingo, in 1762; died in Angouleme in 1826. He entered the navy at the time of the war of American independence, served at Yorktown, and was wounded in an engagement with the British fleet He served afterward in Guiana till the French revolution, when he returned to France. He emigrated in 1790, and lived in New Orleans from 1S00 till 1809, earning a living as a teacher of mathematics. At the restoration he was commissioned rear-admiral, and became president of the naval college at Angouleme. He published "Essais historiques et critiques sur la marine Francaise de 1661 a 1789, principalement durant sa lutte avec la marine Anglaise en Amerique" (London, 1813); "Impressions de voyage, journal d'un ancien emigre dans la Louisiane" (Paris, 1817); "De l'avenir des Etats-Unis" (Augouleme, 1824); and several other works.
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