18th Century Explorer Dude Was Actually a Woman Dressed As a Man

In 1766, since women were not allowed on French naval vessels, Jeanne Baret dressed as a teenage boy in order to accompany her manfriend, renowned botanist Philibert Commerson on a voyage. Glynis Ridley, who wrote a biography of Baret, explains: "The captain of the ship actually interrogated her at one point… and she… » 1/05/12 2:45pm 1/05/12 2:45pm