Charles François Adrien le Paulmier, le Chevalier d’Annemours
Charles François Adrien le Paulmier, le Chevalier d’Annemours (1742- 1809) served as French Consul General at Baltimore from 1779 to 1793. He developed formal gardens at his homes in Baltimore and Louisiana.
After leaving his native Normandy for Martinique at the age of twelve, the Chevalier D'Annemours divided his time between France, England, the West Indies, and America. He established a number of business ventures in Philadelphia and made influential connections.  Between 1773 and 1776, while resident in France, he wrote four memoirs on the subject of the American colonies.  Returning to America in 1777, he represented France in various official capacities, including Consul General at Baltimore for the five southern states of Maryland, Virginia, Georgia, and North and South Carolina.  An amateur student of natural history, D'Annemours was elected a foreign member of the American Philosophical Society in 1783, and he received a visit from his compatriot, the French botanist André Michaux (1746-1802), on August 24, 1789.  D'Annemours came to regard the United States as his adopted country. When the French consulate at Baltimore closed in 1793, he preferred to remain in America rather than return to France, retiring to Belmont, his private estate on the outskirts of Baltimore, with the intention of devoting himself to the study of the arts and sciences.  At Belmont, D'Annemours erected America's first monument in honor of Christopher Columbus at Belmont, . An obelisk over 44 feet in height, the monument was dedicated on October 12, 1792, the 300th anniversary of Columbus’s arrival in the New World [Fig. 1]. 
In 1796 D'Annemours purchased the De La Baume plantation on the Ouachita River in Spanish Louisiana, where he built "a very pretty house" and employed his slaves to lay out a formal English garden in the fields.  The French writer Charles César Robin, who toured the property in 1804, charged D'Annemours with "disfiguring a spacious field with a tiny garden of coldly spaced groups of plants," but acknowledged that he "delighted in strolling along an avenue of sycamores neatly aligned" by D'Annemours, which allowed him to imagine he was back in Paris.  In a memoir written in 1803 D'Annemours provided a detailed account of the geography of Louisiana (particularly the Ouachita District) with a view to promoting the agricultural and economic potential of the Louisiana Territory.  Hoping to interest the American Philosophical Society in publishing D'Annemours's "most excellent account of the Washita River," Thomas Jefferson sent it to the Society's librarian, John Vaughan (1756-1841), on May 5, 1805, together with a letter describing the Frenchman as "a man of science, good sense, & truth, ... [who] may be relied on in whatever facts he states." 
- Anonymous, August 17, 1792, Claypole’s Daily Advertiser (Philadelphia) (quoted in Thompson 1906: 246) 
- “[The Chevalier d’Annemours built] an obelisk to honour the memory of that immortal man—Christopher Columbus . . . in a grove in one of the gardens of the villa Belmont. . . on the 3rd of August, 1792, the anniversary of the sailing of Columbus from Spain.”
- Charles César Robin, c. 1804, Voyage to Louisiana (1966: 140) 
- "M. Danemours, the former French Consul at Baltimore, had retired to the district [of Ouachita, Louisiana] several years before my visit and had set up a pretty little house. This man, noted for the nicety of his manners and cultivated mind, used several of his Negroes, whom his excessive indulgence had rendered unused to real work, to lay out an English formal garden in his fields. One must admit that the time and the site were ill chosen. There, where the essentials of life are everyone's preoccupation, where an opulent nature provides a varied and imposing scenery, who would think of disfiguring a spacious field with a tiny garden of coldly spaced groups of plants?
- "What more beautiful Formal Garden, in this immense forest, than this same field itself, regularly divided into squares of corn, cottons, melons and pumpkins? Near cities, when the eye is fatigued by symmetrical figures, one should there reproduce deliberate irregularities. For, while not far from Paris, I took pleasure in walking in rustic groves, here in Louisiana I delighted in strolling along an avenue of sycamores neatly aligned by the same M. Danemours. In these cool shades I had the illusion of being in my native land."
Charles Varlé (artist), Francis Shallus (engraver), Warner & Hanna's Plan of the City and Environs of Baltimore [detail], 1801.
- Anne Mézin, Les Consuls de France Au Siècle Des Lumières (1715-1792) (Paris: Ministère des affaires étrangères, Direction des archives et de la documentation, 1998), 398-99, view on Zotero; Wendy Bradley Richter, ed., Memoirs by Charles François Adrien Le Paulmier, Le Chevalier d’Annemours, trans. Samuel Dorris Dickinson (Arkadelphia, Ark.: Clark County Historical Association and the Institute for Regional Studies, Oachita Baptist University, 1994), 2, view on Zotero; “Notice Sur Le Chevalier Charles François-Adrien le Paulmier d’Annemours,” Maryland Historical Magazine, 5 (1910): 38-39, view on Zotero; Henry F. Thompson, “The Chevalier D’Annemours,” Maryland Historical Magazine, 1 (1906): 241, view on Zotero.
- Richter, 1994, 2-3, view on Zotero; Thompson, 1906: 242, view on Zotero.
- Peter B. Hill, French Perceptions of the Early American Republic, 1783-1793, Memoirs of the American Philosophical Society (Philadelphia: American Philosophical Society, 1988), 180: 6, 18, 49, 83, 90-91, 142, 168, view on Zotero; “Notice sur Le Chevalier Charles François-Adrien Le Paulmier d’Annemours,” 1910, 39-43 , view on Zotero; Thompson, 1906: 243-44, view on Zotero; Francis Wharton, The Revolutionary Diplomatic Correspondence of the United States (Washington, D.C.: Government Printing Office, 1889), 5: 396, view on Zotero.
- André Michaux, "Journal de André Michaux," Proceedings of the American Philosophical Society 25, no. 122 (March 1889): 58.
- Richter, 1994, 4, view on Zotero;“Notice sur Le Chevalier Charles François-Adrien Le Paulmier d’Annemours,” 1910, 43-45, view on Zotero; Thompson, 1906: 246, view on Zotero.
- William Elleroy Curtis, Christopher Columbus: His Portraits and His Monuments: A Descriptive Catalogue, Part 2 (Chicago: The W. H. Lowdermilk Co., 1893), 43-44, view on Zotero; see also Herbert Adams and Henry Wood, Columbus and His Discovery of America, Johns Hopkins University Studies in Historical and Political Science, Tenth Series, vols. 10 and 11 (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins Press, 1892), 30-35, view on Zotero .
- Anne Butler, The Pelican Guide to Plantation Homes of Louisiana, 8th ed. (Gretna, La.: Pelican Publishing Corporation, Inc., 2009), 133, view on Zotero; Ed Lewis, "Monroe Landmark Moving to a New Location," Monroe News-Star (June 18, 1971), The O'Kelly Family Collection website, https://okellyfamily.wordpress.com/tag/danemours/; Charles François Adrien Le Paulmier le Chevalier d’Annemours, Memoirs by Charles François Adrien Le Paulmier Le Chevalier D’Annemours, ed. Wendy Bradley Richter, trans. Samuel Dorris Dickinson (Arkadelphia, Ark. : Clark County Historical Association : Institute for Regional Studies, Ouachita Baptist University, 1994), ____ view on Zotero; George Sabo II “Review of Charles François Adrien Le Paulmier: Le Chevalier D’Annemours,” The Arkansas Historical Quarterly, 54 (1995): 221, view on Zotero.
- Charles César Robin, Voyages Dans L’intérieur de La Louisiane, de La Floride Occidentale, et Dans Les Isles de La Martinique et de Saint-Domingue, 1802-1806 (Paris: F. Buisson, 1807), __, view on Zotero.
- Charles François Adrien Le Paulmier, chevalier d’Annemours “Memoir of Le Paulmier d’Annemours, Former Consul General of France in America, about the Ouachita District,” April 21, 1803, Pierre Clément de Laussat Papers, MSS 125, Box 4, Folder 148, Williams Research Center, The Historic New Orleans Collection, view on Zotero.
- Thomas Jefferson to John Vaughan, May 5, 1805, Founders Online, National Archives (http://founders.archives.gov/documents/Jefferson/99-01-02-1679 [last update: 2015-02-20]).
- Henry F. Thompson, "The Chevalier D’Annemours," Maryland Historical Magazine, 1 (1906), 241–46 view on Zotero.
- Charles César Robin, Voyage to Louisiana by C. C. Robin, 1803-1805, trans. by Stuart O. Landry, Jr. (New Orleans: Pelican Publishing Company, 1966), view on Zotero.