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RENARD, Gustave Henri (reh-nar), French explorer, born in Evreux, in 1673; died in Rouen in 1741. He followed the sea, fought under Dugay-Trouin in the expedition against Rio de Janeiro. 6 October, 1711, and became in 1714 lieutenant of the king in Santo Domingo. In 1717 he was given by the regent a mission to explore the northern provinces of South America, with the permission from King Philip V. of Spain. He visited Central America, the Isthmus of Panama, New Granada, and the Guianas in 1718-'24, and returned with valuable collections in natural history. These became afterward the property of the Academy of sciences, which presented them to the Royal botanical garden. Renard's works include " Choix de plantes nouvelles et, peu connues de l'Amerique du Sud " (3 vols., Paris, 1729) . "Voyages d'explorations travers les forets vierges de la Ouiane" (Rouen, 1730)" "Traite des fougees de l'Amerique du Sud et en particulier du bassin de l'Orenoque" (2 vols., 1732)" " De naturalibus Antillorum" (2 vols., 1739)" and "Histoire et description de File Espagnole ou de Saint. Domingue, et de l'ile de la Tortue ou des bouccaniers " (2 vols., 1740).
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