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ROUSSEL, Gabriel Edmond (roo-sel), French explorer, born in Dinan in 1717 ; died in Sceaux in 1781. He accompanied La Condamine (q. v.) to South America, and afterward was sent to explore Brazil and the La Plata provinces, returning in 1779 with valuable collections, which were deposited in the Museum of natural history. At the instance of the Academy of sciences, Louis XVI. gave $2,000 from his privy purse for the publication of Roussel's works, which include "Voyages d'explorations travers le Brasil, les Guianes et les contr6.es arrosees par la riviere de la Plata" (2 vols., Paris, 1781); " Flora Americana, seu genera plantarum quas in Amazonia crescent" (3 vols., 1784);" Resume de l'histoire et de la decouverte du Brasil" (1785)" and " Description generale de l'Amerique du Sud, sa flore et sa faune, ses produits, son 6tat politique et social" (3 vols., 1787).
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