The Mutiny at the Margins series takes a fresh look at the revolt of 1857 from original and unusual perspectives, focusing in particular on neglected socially marginal groups and geographic areas which have hitherto tended to be unrepresented in studies of this cataclysmic event in British imperial and Indian historiography.
Chapter 8: A French Ambassador's View from East Asia
A French Ambassador's View from East Asia
JEAN-Baptiste-Louis Gros (1793–1870), French diplomat, senator, and photographer, served as Ambassador to London from 1852 until 1863. This role entailed considerable travel, including spending time in both China and Japan in 1857 and 1858. During the Anglo-French expedition to China (1856–1860), known otherwise as the Second Anglo-Chinese War or the Arrow War, Baron Gros served as the minister-in-command of the French troops which were allied in the campaign with the British. The commencement of this war was notably delayed by events in India, with troops en route to China on board the Adventure, Assistance and Blervie Castle, being diverted to Calcutta.1
Marquis De Moges, Extracts from Recollections of Baron Gros's Embassy to ...