Robert Surcouf

1773 - 1827

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Robert Surcouf (12 December 1773 – 8 July 1827) was a French privateer and slave trader who operated in the Indian Ocean between 1789 and 1801, and again from 1807 to 1808, capturing over 40 prizes. He later amassed a large fortune as a ship-owner, from privateering, commercial activities, the illegal slave trade, and as a landowner.Surcouf started his career as a sailor and officer on the Aurore, Courrier d'Afrique and Navigateur. Having risen to captain, and in spite of the prohibition of slave trading by the National Convention in 1793, he engaged in the business himself as a captain on Créole. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Robert Surcouf has received more than 490,439 page views. His biography is available in 17 different languages on Wikipedia. Robert Surcouf is the 7,219th most popular politician (down from 6,488th in 2019), the 2,198th most popular biography from France (down from 1,932nd in 2019) and the 527th most popular French Politician.

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Among politicians, Robert Surcouf ranks 7,219 out of 15,710Before him are Anthemius, Arybbas of Epirus, Louis of Cyprus, Eduard Taaffe, 11th Viscount Taaffe, Laimdota Straujuma, and Ernest Louis, Landgrave of Hesse-Darmstadt. After him are Tudḫaliya I, Madius, Jan Peter Balkenende, William Cavendish-Bentinck, 3rd Duke of Portland, Prince John Konstantinovich of Russia, and Ernest, Duke of Bavaria.

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Among people born in 1773, Robert Surcouf ranks 20Before him are Thérésa Tallien, Armand-Augustin-Louis de Caulaincourt, Henri Gatien Bertrand, George Cayley, Wilhelm Heinrich Wackenroder, and Tokugawa Ienari. After him are Prince Augustus Frederick, Duke of Sussex, Prince Louis Charles of Prussia, Étienne Maurice Gérard, Frédéric Cuvier, Henrik Steffens, and Jakob Friedrich Fries. Among people deceased in 1827, Robert Surcouf ranks 16Before him are Ugo Foscolo, Samuel Crompton, George Canning, Ernst Chladni, Wilhelm Müller, and Armand-Augustin-Louis de Caulaincourt. After him are Michel-Gabriel Paccard, Thomas Rowlandson, Morten Thrane Brünnich, Georgios Karaiskakis, Pōmare III, and Prince Frederick, Duke of York and Albany.

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Among people born in France, Robert Surcouf ranks 2,198 out of 5,234Before him are Jacques-François Menou (1750), Louis Feuillade (1873), Dominique, comte de Cassini (1748), Anselme Payen (1795), Henri Michel (1947), and Charles Diehl (1859). After him are Adolphe Monticelli (1824), Jacques Villon (1875), Sébastien Japrisot (1931), Yannick Noah (1960), Jean Delannoy (1908), and Louis Armand I, Prince of Conti (1661).


Among politicians born in France, Robert Surcouf ranks 527Before him are Jean-Marc Ayrault (1950), Albert Sarraut (1872), Pierre Fournier (1906), Marina Ginestà (1919), Pōmare IV (1813), and Jacques-François Menou (1750). After him are Louis Armand I, Prince of Conti (1661), Margaret of Burgundy, Duchess of Bavaria (1374), Jacques Cœur (1395), Henri Grégoire (1750), Jane Avril (1868), and Recceswinth (620).