Besides being a vivid account of early colonizing attempts in Acadia, the Histoire is a remarkable plea for realism in harvesting the colony's natural resources, as against a futile search for quick profits. Also a poet and playwright, Lescarbot presented his Théâtre de Neptune at Port-Royal in 1606, reputedly the first theatrical production in North America. After returning to France in 1607, Lescarbot resumed his law practice, but his interest in the progress of Acadian colonization was lifelong.
Author JOHN G. REID
Links to Other Sites
Port-Royal National Historic Site of Canada
This national historic site features a reconstruction of early 17th- century buildings representing the former colony of the French who settled for a time along the Nova Scotia coast. Costumed interpreters and period demonstrations help recreate the look and feel of Port-Royal, one of the earliest settlements in North America. A Parks Canada website.
A biography of Marc Lescarbot, 17th century lawyer, traveler, and writer. Author of “Théâtre de Neptune,” the first theatrical production in North America. From “The Dictionary of Canadian Biography Online.”
Recorded memory of theatre life in Nova Scotia
This extensive site offers a mosaic of interviews, profiles, digitized archival material, and other items that relate to the history of theatre in Halifax and other Nova Scotia communities. Requires a flash plugin to be properly viewed. From the Dalhousie University Archives.
1612 history of New France heads to auction block
A news story about the auction of Marc Lescarbot's map of Canada that was published in 1612. From canada.com.