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LAGRANDIERE, Charles Marie de (lah'-grond'-yair'), West Indian naval officer, born in La Desirade, W. I., in 1729; died in Vannes, France, 27 April, 1812. He entered the French navy in 1744, and served during most of his life in Canada and in the West Indies. During the war of American independence he commanded a squadron, and cruised from Charleston to Boston. Joining Admiral Destouches, he defeated, 16 March, 1781, in Chesapeake bay, the British fleet under Marriot Arbuthnot. He was employed afterward in the West Indies, and made several expeditions against Dominica, the Bahama islands, and British Guiana. He governed La Desirade in 1783-'6, and afterward commanded Les Saintes. During the French revolution he was employed at Santo Domingo, Martinique, and Guadeloupe. He retired in 1802. He published " Histoire de la marine Francaise durant les guerres d'Amerique" (2 vols., Vannes, 1808).
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