Marc Lescarbot, a parliamentary lawyer in Paris, learned of New France from one of his clients, Jean de Biencourt de Poutrincourt, who took part in Pierre du Gua de Monts' colonization efforts in Acadia. Lescarbot decided to set out for Port Royal (Annapolis Royal), where he spent an entire year. He left Paris in 1606, stopped in Orléans for Easter, and then made his way to La Rochelle, his port of departure. Author of several literary and poetic works, he wrote the poem "Adieu à la France," which he recited in public and had printed in La Rochelle on April 4, 1606, before embarking on his voyage.

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Farewell to France
"Adieu à la France", a poem by Marc Lescarbot, in Histoire de la Nouvelle-France contenant les navigations, découvertes et habitations faites par les François ès Indes Occidentales et Nouvelle-France souz l'avoeu et authorité de noz Roys Tres-Chrétiens, et les diverses fortunes d'iceux en l'execution de ces choses, depuis cent ans jusques à hui, Paris, Chez Iean Millot, 1612, p. 511-515.
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