Lower Presidio Historic Park Walking Tour: Focus on Hyppolyte Bouchard
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On the third Saturday of every month at 10am, Monterey Bay historian and author Tim Thomas offers a two-hour Lower Presidio Historic Park Walking Tour. Today's tour will focus Hyppolyte Bouchard. Tours meet in front of the Presidio of Monterey Museum.
Hyppolyte Bouchard (1780–1837) was a French Argentine sailor and privateer who fought for France, Argentina, Chile, and Peru. Pursuing the war of rebellion against Spain, Bouchard was the first Argentine to circumnavigate the world when he attacked the Spanish city of Monterey, raised the Argentine flag, and held the town for six days in November, 1818.
Advance reservations are required by calling Tim Thomas at 831-521-3304. The tour is for ages 10 through adult only and the cost is $20 for adults and $15 for ages 10-15. Group rates are also available.
Tim Thomas, a fourth-generation native of the Monterey area, is a popular speaker and lively tour guide. For 16 years, he was historian and curator for the Monterey Maritime & History Museum and has worked with the Monterey Bay Aquarium, California State Parks, and the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary. He is author of The Abalone King of Monterey: 'Pop' Ernest Doelter, The Japanese on the Monterey Peninsula, and co-author of Monterey's Waterfront.