Jacques de Vaulx

Birth: 1557

Death:1597

Jacques de Vaulx or Devaulx (1557-1597), also de Vaux, was a French cosmographer, pilot and author of a handwritten navigation manual conceived during his trip to the Americas. He was born in Le Havre around 1557, the son of Jeanne Vymont and a ship captain from Calvados, he is the fifth child of the family. He married in 1584 with Françoise Plaimpel. From 1585 to 1587.

After this he went to explore the Amazon river as a pilot major on the ship Norman of 120 tons ordered by Guillaume Le Hericy, sieur de Pompierre. It was during this trip that he designed his manuscript entitled Premieres Oeuvres de Jacques de Vaulx (First Works by Jacques de Vaulx).

Jacques de Vaulx is also the author of a map of America, dated 1584, large parchment (0.580mx 0.810m) in the form of a half-planisphere, which takes into account previous explorations and is presented as "a real map of the American continent" in his time.

Jacques de Vaulx died in 1597.

References:

Charles de La Ronciere , Histoire de la Marine française en 6 volumes

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