See also:born at
See also:Caen on the 13th of
See also:April 1769 . He was educated for the
See also:bar, but soon showed a strong preference for the military career, in which he quickly made his way during the
See also:wars of the French Revolution under Kleber, Marceau and Jourdan, in the Rhenish
See also:campaigns . In 1799 he became general of division, and contributed to the success of the famous attack by General Richepanse on the
See also:Austrian flank. and
See also:rear at Hohenlinden (
See also:December 1800) . Becoming known for his Anglophobe tendencies, he was selected by
See also:Napoleon early in the
See also:year 1802 for the command of the French possessions in the East Indies . The secret instructions issued to him bade him prepare the way, so that in due course (
See also:September 1804 was hinted at as the suitable
See also:time) everything might be ready for an attack on the
See also:British power in India . Napoleon held out to him the hope of acquiring lasting
See also:glory in that enterprise . Decaen set
See also:sail with
See also:Admiral Linois early in
See also:March 1803 with a small expeditionary force, touched at the Cape of
See also:Good Hope (then in Dutch hands), and noted the
See also:condition of the fortifications there . On arriving at
See also:Pondicherry he found matters in a very critical condition . Though the outbreak of war in
See also:Europe had not yet been heard of, the hostile preparations adopted by the
See also:Marquis Wellesley caused Decaen to withdraw promptly to the Isle of France (
See also:Mauritius), where, during eight years, he sought to harass British
See also:trade and prepare.for plans of
See also:alliance with the Mahratta princes of India . They all came to naught . Linois was captured by a British
See also:squadron, and ultimately, in 1811, Mauritius itself fell to the Union
See also:Jack . Returning to France on honourable terms, Decaen received the command of the French troops in
See also:Catalonia .
See also:rest of his career calls for no
See also:special mention . He died of the cholera in 1832 . See M . L . E . Gautier, Biographie du general Decaen (Caen, 1850) . (J . Hi .
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