In 1769, Baret, an expert botanist, became the first woman to circumnavigate Earth. She pretended to be a man since the French Navy only allowed men to sail; her gender was discovered during the voyage. Baret collected thousands of exotic plants specimens during her journey.
1. The Discovery Of Jeanne Baret: A Story Of Science, The High Seas, And The First Woman To Circumnavigate the Globe by Glynis Ridley
2. Live Science Article: “Female Explorer Gets Her Due, 2 Centuries Later“
3. NPR Article: “The First Woman To Go ‘Round The World Did It As A Man“