The Audacious

25 King Louis XIV was adamant that the mission should continue to its destination, but since De Ferriol, his Ambassador to Turkey, was doing his best to sabotage the mission, he ignored the King’s wish. Defeated, Ambassador Fabre had no choice but to return with the caravan to Alexandretta accompanied by his crew and retinue, where he rented a ship to take him to Cyprus; taking with him Marie Petit, his nephew Jacques Fabre, his secretary Pierre Dubies, his servants, retinue and the gifts of the King of France to the Persian Shah. From Cyprus, they went to Rhodes to the east of the Aegean Archipelago, then to Samos, north of Rhodes. There, he instructed his nephew, secretary, all the servants and retinue to stay in Samos with the French King’s gifts, and wait for news