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Jean Baptste Tavernier was one of the more remarkable men in a remarkable century. Between 1630 and 1668, Tavernier made six voyages to Persian and India, traveling by his own estimate 180,000 miles.
Tavernier was a gem merchant as well as a talented historian and cultural anthropologist. Any writer discussing this period undoubtedly will footnote the observations of this French adventurer.
Writing at the behest of his patron, Louis XIV, The Six Voyages catalgues Tavernier's, but it was also written as a guide to the French East India Company. The information on what to buy and where can be tedious, but the adventures themselves are marvelous.
Richard W. Wise has authored a historical novel, The French Blue. The novel used The Six Voyages as a template. Readers interested in the unadorned adventures liberally sprinkled with romance will find this historically accurate account a bit less tendious reading.