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DUQUESNE, Joseph Marie Lazare, Viscount, French naval officer, born in Havana, Cuba, in 1804; died in Mexico in 1854. He was a descendant of the famous Admiral Duquesne, studied at the naval College of Angouleme, France, was promoted 2d lieutenant in 1821, 1st lieutenant in 1831, and in 1837 commander of the brig "Le Laurier," in the fleet operating against Mexico. He distinguished himself, luring the bombardment of San Juan de Ulua in 1838, and contributed greatly toward the capture of the fortifications of Vera Cruz. He was promoted corvette captain in 1839, commodore in 1844 for bravery at Tanger and Mogador, and rear admiral in 1853, and as such commanded the French fleet operating in the West Indies and the Gulf of Mexico. During a visit to the City of Mexico he died of yellow fever.
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