Jean Michael Cazabon was born of French parentage in Port-of-Spain, Trinidad on September 20, 1813 on Corynth Estate, North Naparima, on the outskirts of San Fernando. He was the youngest of 4 children. His parents, owners of a sugar plantation, were "free coloured" immigrants from Martinique, who came to Trinidad following the Cedula of population of 1783. He was sent at age 9, to be educated at St. Edmund's College, Ware, Hertfordshire, England.
In 1826, at the age of thirteen, Cazabon went to school at St. Edmund's College in Ware, England, returning to Trinidad in 1830. In about 1837 he sailed for Paris to study medicine. He gave up these studies and started off as an Art student under Paul de la Roche a leading painter in Paris. His parent's wealth supported his pursuits and those of his family for many years to come in an enviable life-style and only later in life did he find it necessary to earn a living from his paintings.
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