Victor Noir in Tanzania
One doesn’t usually think of cemeteries as a place to find fertility symbols, but that’s exactly what you’ll find in Division 92. The green-patinated bronze statue depicts Victor Noir after he was shot by Pierre Bonaparte. But the green patina doesn’t quite cover the entire statue. Some areas of the statue are quite shiny, revealing the yellow-brown bronze tone underneath. And therein lies the story.
Victor Noir was born Yvan Salmon in the Vosges region of France. As a young man, he followed his brother, Louis, to Paris to seek his fortune. Yvan changed his name to the pen name Victor Noir (Noir was his mother’s maiden name) and found employment as an apprentice journalist for a short-lived anti-Second French Empire newspaper named La Marseillaise. La Marseillaise was founded by Henri Rochefort and edited by Pascal Grousset.
In December 1869, two Corsican newspapers, La Revanche, which was inspired by Grousset, and the loyalist-leaning L ‘Avenir de la Corse engaged in a heated editorial battle. At the end of December, L Avenir de la Corse published a letter from Pierre Bonaparte, great-nephew of the Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte, and cousin of the then-ruling Emperor Napoleon IE, that portrayed the staff of La Revanche as low-life cowards. Pascal Grousset took offence and aligned his paper, La Marseillaise, with La Revanche.
The War of Jenkins’ Ear in 1739 was triggered in part by an incident eight years earlier: Spanish naval authorities boarded a British merchant ship near Cuba, confiscated its cargo, and cut off the ear of Captain Robert Jenkins as punishment for smuggling. Tanzania Map Tourist Attractions (Private Collection/Bridgeman Art Library) When Vernon launched the offensive in early 1741, his force of 9,000 men included some 3,500 Country colonials. The expedition arrived near Cartagena in March, and the disaster was officially under way. Vernon urged a rapid assault, but Wentworth counseled patience. While the two officers quarreled over tactics, disease carried death and demoralization through the ranks. When the British strike against the city finally came three weeks later, the Spanish repulsed it with heavy losses to the attackers. The British, having decided that the city could not be captured, evacuated the remnants of their force on April 17, 1741. No more than 600 of the 3,500 Countrys survived the ill-fated campaign.
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