Nicolas Baudin (Explorer) – Bio, Birthday, Family, Age & Born
Nicolas Baudin

Nicolas Thomas Baudin was a French explorer, cartographer, naturalist and hydrographer.

Born: 17 February 1754, Saint-Martin-de-Ré, Île de Ré, France
Died: September 16, 1803, Mauritius
Nationality: French
Occupation: explorer, cartographer, naturalist, hydrographer

About Nicolas Baudin

French naval officer who explored Australia’s coast with his partner Louis-Claude Desaulses De Freycinet.

Before Fame

He took his first post as a cabin boy on a sailing ship at 15, and in his early 20s joined up as a quartermaster on another ship.


He was the first European to safely bring samples of Australian flora and fauna back to the mainland.

Family Life

He was raised by common merchants.


While exploring Australia, he ran into the famous explorer Matthew Flinders. Their meeting place became known as Encounter Bay.

Information related to Nicolas Baudin

  • Baudin expedition to Australia – The Baudin expedition of 1800 to 1803 was a French expedition to map the coast of New Holland. Nicolas Baudin was selected as leader in October 1800.
  • European and American voyages of scientific exploration – The era of European and American voyages of scientific exploration followed the Age of Discovery and were inspired by a new confidence in science and reason that arose in the Age of Enlightenment.
  • Freycinet Map of 1811 – The Freycinet Map of 1811 is the first map of Australia to be published which shows the full outline of Australia. It was drawn by Louis de Freycinet and was an outcome of the Baudin expedition to Australia.
  • Explorers of South Australia
  • Maritime exploration of Australia
  • Explorers of Western Australia
  • French sailors
  • Circumnavigators of the globe
  • French naturalists
  • Explorers of Australia
  • French explorers
  • French Navy officers

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Latest information about Nicolas Baudin updated on September 15, 2020.

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